On Saturday April 25th, 2015 a large earthquake struck Nepal. The earthquake magnitude was estimated as M7.8 with epicentre about 80 km north-west of the capital, Katmandu. When this is written around 8000 people have been reported dead due to the earthquake and the loss of property was great due to collapse of structures.
Four days after the earthquake two researchers from the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, Dr. Rajesh Rupakhety and Dr. Símon Ólafsson, headed to Nepal on a one week long reconnaissance trip. The purpose of the mission was to gather information on the damage to structures in the earthquake and also to install a recorder to measure ground acceleration in the aftershocks.
Below is an example of a house that was heavily damaged in the earthquake (Fig. 1).
A further written account of the observations made, during the reconnaissance mission, will be presented in the near future.