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Katmandu earthquake was ‘nightmare’ experts long saw coming (USA Today)
GHI material is referenced predominantly in this article that discusses the risks resulting from Kathmandu’s seismic activity compounded by poor construction standards and a growing population.
What about Japan, California and Mexico? (The Washington Post)
The Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach references GHI’s work in Nepal:
“It may turn out that the many years of hard work in Nepal on earthquake preparedness and disaster mitigation — work by nonprofit organizations, such as GeoHazards International, and by Nepalese officials, scientists and educators — have saved thousands of lives that otherwise would have been lost Saturday.”
Earthquakes Don’t Kill People, Buildings Do (Wired)
GHI's Dr. Janise Rodgers talks about how to protect lives in earthquake-prone countries, the structural needs for buildings in these regions, and where and why people face high risk. Click to read the article.
What Nepal Can teach Us (CS Monitor)
Pete Spotts of the Christian Science Monitor interviewed Brian Tucker about the lessons Nepal can teach us about improving earthquake resilience in developing world.
Like Nepal, SoCal will have a major quake (The Sun)
Lucy Jones, Ph.D., a USGS seismologist based at Caltech, discusses the role of preparation in determining a community’s recovery from major earthquake: “A groundbreaking nonprofit group, Geohazards International, brings modern knowledge about natural disasters to developing countries. It began work in Kathmandu in 1997 to help people there develop better disaster management and reduction programs, retrofit their schools and develop better building codes. Despite how devastating this earthquake has clearly been, it would have been worse without the efforts of this extraordinary small group of people.”
Nepal and Preparing for Major Earthquakes (Science Around Michigan)
Dr. Wayne Pennington, Dean of Engineering at Michigan Tech and former President of the American Geological Institute was recently interviewed by Adrian de Novato for an article in Science Around Michigan. He mentions your GeoHazards International as one of his favorite groups working effectively on the ground in the local cultures.
The Assam type house (The Indian Express)
In the wake of the Nepal Earthquake, people living in other high risk areas are taking note. This article by Jamia Millia Islamia (Director, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research) references GeoHazards International’s work in Aizawl.
Not If, But When: Planning for the Next Nepal (Tiny Spark)
Tiny Spark’s Amy Costello interviewed GHI President Brian Tucker for this sixteen-minute podcast. “Everybody should listen to Brian Tucker. He’s a MacArthur genius with a lot to say about the humanitarian crisis in Nepal and the avoidable harm caused in disaster-prone areas.”
Seismic Risk and Safety in Nepal (Science Friday)
In this ten-minute radio interview, Brian Tucker “discusses the future seismic risk of the region and how cities like Kathmandu might rebuild to become more earthquake-resistant in the future.”
Amid Katmandu’s Earthquake Wreckage, Hints of a Shift to Safer Construction (New York Times)
Andrew C. Revkin continues his coverage of the Nepal Earthquake in the New York Times Dot Earth column. In this opinion piece, he discusses Nepal’s progress in earthquake resilience and preparedness over the last two decades, and the challenges the country faced and continues to face, drawing in part on material provided by GeoHazards International. He concludes with a summary of the engineering and communications developments that can help prevent disasters such as Nepal’s in the future. He finishes by stating that “the most important ingredient in making the world’s seismic danger zones safer may not be ductile details or smart phones – but simply the motivation to devote some of one’s time to making sure good ideas get to where they matter.”
Learning from Nepal (KQED Television)
“Hundreds of thousands remain homeless in Nepal after last week’s devastating earthquake. The magnitude-7.8 quake has killed more than 6,200 people. Many died as a result of buildings that collapsed. Janise Rodgers, chief operating officer of GeoHazards International, joins Thuy Vu to discuss the challenges of building earthquake-resistant structures in developing countries.”
Trying to Stay Ahead of Earthquake Disasters (New York Times)
GeoHazards International’s founder and president Dr. Brian Tucker discusses the history of GHI as an organization founded to help developing countries better prepare for earthquake disasters, the role GHI played in reducing the fatalities from the April 25 earthquake in Nepal, and the work GHI is playing elsewhere to increase resilience to earthquakes and tsunamis.
What Can We Learn About Disaster Preparedness from Nepal’s Quake (Eos)
Hazard mitigation expert Brian Tucker of GeoHazards International gives his views on disaster preparedness in the wake of the Nepal Earthquake. The interview appears in Eos, published by the American Geophysical Union.This is the first of a two-part article.
Nepal devastation a ‘wake-up call’ for vulnerable region (Japan Times)
In this AFP article, GHI’s Hari Kumar is interviewed about lessons learned for Nepal’s neighbors from the Nepal Earthquake.
Reducing Earthquake Risk in Nepal (Eos)
This is the second half of an interview in which hazard mitigation expert Brian Tucker of GeoHazards International shares his insights on approaches that work well to protect people from earthquake hazards in Nepal. The article appeared in Eos, a publication of the American Geophysical Union.
GeoHazards (Swiss Public Radio)
Frederica Sasso of Swiss Public Radio (Radiotelevisione svizzera) interviewed GeoHazard International’s Brian Tucker about preventing structural damage and loss of life from seismic events in the worlds most vulnerable areas.
Anne Sanquini: Just Give It a Whirl, featured by the Drucker Institute
GeoHazards International's Anne Sanquini took a windy path to end up as a specialist in reducing disaster risk. Her late career shift and Ph.D. combined insights of structural engineers and seismologists with the social science of how to influence behavior. Why does she do it? Working in Nepal before and after the 2015 earthquake, she learned firsthand that this work has the potential to save lives.
Brian Tucker, GeoHazards International Founder, honored for achievements in global earthquake safety
Brian Tucker, founder of GeoHazards International, receives the Frank Press Public Service Award from the Seismological Society of America, for his efforts over many years to make the world’s most vulnerable communities safer from earthquakes and other natural hazards.
“I was at MIT as a resident scientist when Frank was Chairman of the Department, and I visited him several times in DC in the years following. He was very supportive of GeoHazards International. I saw his photo every day on a door at Scripps Institute of Oceanography when I was a grad student, and learned about his long and varied contributions. In 1984, I heard Frank, who was then President of the Academy of Sciences, give a talk at the World Conference of Earthquake Engineering saying that he had a proposition, namely to designate the 1990’s as the International Decade of Natural Disaster Reduction. This thrilled me and I decided I wanted to be a part of that. This is a huge honor for me to be associated with his name and with all the past recipients.”