Status: Complete

Nepal is centrally located in the Himalayan seismic zone. The 2015 Gorkha earthquake (Mw 7.8) hit central Nepal killing approximately 9,000 people and destroying 1 million houses. It also caused an economic loss of US$ 7 Billion, equivalent to one-third of the country’s gross domestic product. This project was related to basin geometry, site characteristics, and seismic site effects study through microtremor tremor measurements and survey at selected sites in the Kathmandu Valley. It demonstrated the field methods by training of faculty and graduate students of Tribhuvan University to perform data acquisition, analysis, and computation of seismic site response using ambient noise measurement for seismic microzonation, and conducting a pilot research project on seismic microzonation study to support reconstruction activities in Kathmandu Valley. The faculties, graduate students, and municipal engineers will be able to use the equipment and transferred technology in investigating sites for earthquake resilient construction in future.