SMART SEMINAR: Gorkha 2015 Earthquake: Impacts on Resilience of Communities and Infrastructure
PRESENTER: Dr Sean Wilkinson Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering School of Engineering and Geosciences Newcastle University, UK WHERE: 6.105 WHEN: 10:30am, Thursday, 5th November 2015 RSVP: 5pm, Wednesday, 44th November 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org TOPIC The Gorkha earthquake caused more than 9,000 fatalities and significant damage to unreinforced masonry, historic structures and temples. While the earthquake generated less-than-expected destruction around the urban metropolis of Kathmandu, it was particularly notable for its impacts on remote mountain communities due to landslides and rock falls. Due to their remoteness, these communities constitute a socioeconomically vulnerable group in a country that is still in early stages of development and so the resulting earthquake impacts on these communities were disproportionately high. This seminar will present some case study information on how earthquakes affect infrastructure and how this impacts on communities as well as focuses on the event's impacts to these remote mountain settlements. It will argue that the risk of earthquake-induced landslides in these regions is underappreciated and that there is a need to address this risk specifically in mitigation plans in Nepal and elsewhere.
BIO Sean Wilkinson is a senior lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University in the UK who specialises in the resilience of critical infrastructure. He is the immediate past chairman of the UK-based Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team and committee member of the Society of Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics. Sean gained his PhD in Australia in 1997 in the area of earthquake engineering and has also practiced as a structural engineer in both Australia and in Indonesia. He is currently sponsored by the UK research councils to assess the resilience of the future electricity transmission system of the UK under future climatic conditions and is also developing models to assess the vulnerability of water networks to third party network failures. Other work includes conducting reconnaissance missions to areas that have recently experienced earthquakes to try and understand how buildings and infrastructure respond to these events and the impact that failure of these systems has on communities.
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