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Nepal Earthquake - Geographic Community Response

Investigator  Elina Pradhan, HSPH
Affiliation  HSPH

In response the 7.8 Magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, we are gathering information for anyone interested in the response by the larger geospatial community.    This response falls into several categories, such as:   emergency mapping,  geographic information about the quake, publishing and distribution of geographic datasets and imagery for analysis.   We will provide links to the main resources in these categories and also try to outline the current steps being taken within the CGA and the Harvard community on this webpage.  


Disaster response: volunteers unite!  Letter published in SCIENCE (2015-08-14) vol. 349 no. 6249 p.699

Events at Harvard

Harvard South Asia Institute hosted the forum:  Consequences and Responses:  Lessons From and For Nepal (May 14th).

Mapathon for Nepal brought together volunteers from the GSD and CGA, as well as from Tufts, UMass Boston, Harvard Kennedy School Masters in Public Policy, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, GeoAdaptive LLC, the local Nepali community. (May 12th)

Webcast: Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Nepal (May 7th) [1hr 2m]

Emergency Mapping

Nepal Govt Earthquake Relief Portal

Google Nepal Resources

Kathmandhu Living Labs blog updates of live incident reporting

National Geographic describes crisis mapping efforts for Nepal

Open Street Map call for volunteer mappers  aggregates real-time SMS messages

UNOSAT GDACS Damage Assessment site photos and dynamic maps

Geographic Information and Overview of the Earthquake

IRIS Seismology Overview with Maps, Charts and Figures

New York Times report on the extent of damage and casualties

New York Times Before and After photos of historic sites

Open Street Map Nepal Earthquake Overview

Relief Web situation reports and continuous updates

USGS Earthquake Report  Nepal April 25th 2015

Washington Post  non-technical overview with diagrams and maps

Geographic Data Sharing

HDX Nepal Earthquake data repository

U.N. Spider Imagery Data List

Harvard Community

CGA Nepal Tweetmap CGA has made the geotweets for the impacted area surrounding the Earthquake viewable, searchable and downloadable by day, on WorldMap. You can search by any language, zoom in and click on the dots to see content of individual tweets. By changing the background map to Google Satellite or other images and you may see even the buildings where these tweets are generated from. 

Graduate School of Design Nepal Quake Aid website

South Asia Institute Harvard for Nepal

Harvard Crimson report Harvard Responds