July 24, 2015
The Faculty of Education, Art and Sciences held the reporting seminar on the damage survey of the 2015 Nepal Gorkha Earthquake on Monday, 13 July, 2015.
About 70 audiences came to listen to the joint report by three professors; Hiroshi Yagi of Yamagata University, Daisuke Higaki of Hirosaki University, and Akihiko Wakai of Gunma University. They joined the field investigation of the Japan Landslide Society conducted in Gorkha, Nepal, to survey the areas affected by the May 2015 Nepal earthquake and evaluate its consequence.
Based on the analysis of many pictures taken during the investigation, Professor Yagi reported that multiple slope failures occurred in the narrowed, steep slopes in the transitional area between the Lower Himalaya Range and the Great Himalaya Range, and the old settlements were severely damaged due to the large number of the houses that were built with bricks piled with mud. He also pointed out that school facilities in mountainous areas were seriously affected so they most need the support from Japan.