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Nepal Earthquake

On April 25, 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Gokha, Nepal impacting the nearby capital of Kathmandu.  Digital teams primarily under the advice of local Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) supported the response. Please see the HNPW Nepal digital response PPT for more information about activities of DHN members. 

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Activation Request Date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
Member Participation: 

Mapping and Crisis Mapping:

  • Quakemap: Crowdsourced reports.  Reports exported by Nepal Army, verified, and prioritized for resource delivery.  Primarily led by Kathmandu Living Labs KLL), Nepal Monitor, Himalayan Techies.  Nighttime support by Humanity Road and platform support by Ushahidi.
  • OpenStreetMap base layer: OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Mobilized 4,000+ international digital volunteers to map most affected areas within 72 hours in OpenStreetMap - Detailed street/building level mapping, landslide concerns
  • Survey of SurveysDashboard showing all published assessments covering humanitarian needs arising from the 25 April and 12 May earthquakes.
  • Humanitarian Information Review and Analysis (HIRA): This dashboard displays the number of reports or observations (from news or social media, assessment reports, Government, Nepalese Red Cross, Local or International NGOs and other sources) processed by the OSOCC Assessment Cell in order to produce their daily briefs and Situation Analyses.
  • Nepal Vulnerability Index: Interactive map showing multiple vulnerabilities (e.g. acute malnutrition, poor santiation).  Completed as part of GISCorps/ACAPS activation.
  • Interactive Winterization Dashboard: Map identifying communities for prioritized delivery of winterization kits for temporary structures (altitude over 1500m).  Completed as part of Statistics Without Borders (SWB)/Global Shelter Cluster activation.


Communication and Social Media:

  • Text-to-speech tool: Translation tool for Nepali, prioritizing messaging for first responders.  Led by Translators without Borders (TWB).
  • Digital responder orientation and first 72-hour 2w (who, what) reporting led by Standby Task Force (SBTF).
  • Social Media situation reports: 13 situation reports (12 Nepal and 1 India) in addition to special report on Health facilities.