A magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on April 22, 2015. It was the country’s worst earthquake in 81 years and killed thousands. The U.S. pledged $10 million in aid through USAID, and along with tons of supplies, sent volunteers from across the country to respond to the call for help.
Structura Associate Jon Tung is part of USAID’s Urban Search and Rescue team (USA-1), sponsored by the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, that recently returned from Nepal. The team is comprised of emergency managers and planners, physicians and paramedics and specialists in the fields of structural engineering, heavy rigging, collapse rescue, logistics, hazardous materials, communications, canine and technical search.
While there, Jon worked with other volunteers and rescue dogs to search for survivors trapped by the deadly quake, focusing special attention on structures that leave gaps where humans might survive. In addition, tasks included engineering assessments of structures, including World Heritage Site temples and other buildings. He also looked for buildings prone to additional collapse to prevent further fatalities. Jon was mentioned in the Washington Post article pictured right and in a TIME interview explaining his work.
Structura is proud to have one of our own taking part in this humanitarian mission.
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