Following a devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015 that killed 9,000 people, the SAFER Nepal Project led by Professor Anastasios Sextos of The University of Bristol seeks to improve the seismic safety of school and community buildings in Nepal and prevent future tragedies.

On 25 April, 2015, central Nepal was struck with an earthquake near its capital Kathmandu that reached a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale – the highest for an earthquake in the region since 1934.9,000 people were killed and many more injured, with thousands of structures being destroyed in Kathmandu and nearby towns.

Uniquely for this earthquake, data on the damage caused was obtained 6-11 days after the initial shock and before any major repair work took place, meaning this information could inform the repair process.