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When: October 20, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Best Western Executive Inn
200 Taylor Ave N
Seattle, Washington  98109
United States

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Thursday, October 20, 2016—AEG Dinner Meeting

Topic: Geohazard Reconnaissance and Preliminary Recommendations for Post-Earthquake Villages of Duguna Ghadi, Sindhupalchowk, Nepal

Speaker: Eliya Gangar, CESCL, GIT; Geologist; GeoEngineers, Dave Cook, Aegis

5:30 – Social Hour
6:30 – Dinner
7:30 – Presentation

Place: Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109, 206-448-9444

Dinner: Plated dinner (choose between the following when registering for the meeting):

  • Chicken Saltimbocca Pan Seared Chicken topped with Spinach, Prosciutto, and Gruyere Cheese, served with Wild Mushroom Risotto and a Madeira Demi Glaze
  • Rainbow Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Butternut Squash, Craisins, Pepitas, and Queso Fresco with a Tomato Reduction (Gluten Free and Vegetarian).

RSVP: Register at by 4 PM Friday, October 14.

Cost: $40 for member registration by October 14; $45 for non-members; $15 for students. Nonmembers
always welcome! Pay by cash, check, or credit card if you are paying at the door. Please make check payable to AEG.

Our gracious sponsor, Standard Environmental Probe, has made it possible for the AEG Puget Sound Chapter to provide free attendance/meals to a limited number of AEG Student Members. Please go to for more information about Standard Environmental Probe.

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Presentation Abstract:
On April 25 and May 12, 2015, two high-magnitude earthquakes (Mw 7.8 Gorkha earthquake and Mw 7.3 aftershock) struck Nepal. These events initiated landslides, rockfalls and avalanches; flattened houses in hundreds of villages; and severely damaged structures throughout the central region of Nepal. In all, 31 of Nepal’s 75 districts were affected, 14 of which have been classified as most-affected. The Sindhupalchok District, in which the Duguna Gadi villages lie, is one of the 14 most affected districts. Together the earthquakes resulted in approximately 8,790 fatalities, the injury of 22,300 people, 750,000 damaged or destroyed homes, and lost livelihoods of thousands of people (Government of Nepal, 2015). After the immediate emergency response phase slowed by the fall of 2015, Engineers Without Borders USA was contacted to evaluate geohazards at 14 locations including 13 villages in the Duguna Gadi region. The focus of the field reconnaissance was to work side by side with Nepali geoprofessionals and establish a methodology for evaluating geohazards so that communities could rebuild or resettle in lower risk areas. This presentation reports the results of a one-week field visit to the Duguna Gadi area during November-December 2015 by three geoprofessionals with Engineers Without Borders USA who worked directly with three Nepali geoprofessionals to observe the effects of the earthquakes so that recommendations could be made to reestablish in lower risk areas communities that lost homes, farms, infrastructure and livelihoods. Preliminary monitoring results and effects of the recent monsoon season, as well as potential next-steps, will also be discussed.

Speaker Bios:
Eliya Gangar works as a geologist at GeoEngineers in the Earth Sciences & Engineering group, specializing in work related to geohazards. She obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology at Central Washington University. Dave Cook works at Aegis, after 20 years of working at GeoEngineers, as a principal geologist in the Environmental group. Dave is the current US-EWB president.

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