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Nepal 2015

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The M7.8 earthquake that devastated the Kathmandu basin in April 2015 occurred in an area with GPS stations installed and monitored by the Caltech Tectonics Observatory. These measurements provide an exceptional record of the nucleation, growth, and arrest of the seismic rupture and show that the earthquake put the Kathmandu basin in resonance. I will describe what we have learned from these data regarding the rupture process and the factors determining ground motion in the epicentral area; the process of strain accumulation and release associated with such events and its contribution to mountain building; and the prospect for future, potentially larger, earthquakes in the Himalayas.

I 9:00 a.m.
Chair: James Crabtree

IV 2:00 p.m.
Chair: Robert Gershman

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