Piloting Earthquake Early Warning System in Kathmandu


In 2015 Pratiksha Sharma (Duke ECE 2018) and other Nepali students at Duke raised $30,000 to travel home in order to help rural communities recover from the Gorkha earthquakes and to prepare for impending monsoons. Pratiksha returned to Duke determined to apply her electrical engineering knowledge to mitigate future earthquake hazards in Nepal. Over the subsequent two years Pratiksha developed a micro-controller based earthquake sensor designed to reduce or eliminate false-positive alarms while also being very sensitive to the initial low-level shaking specifically associated with earthquakes. She placed one of these sensors in Kathmandu in May 2018. It has been working reliably, without maintenance, ever since. Pratikshas work is now being carried forward by a group of ambitious students with plans to (a) advance the earthquake early warning system (EEWS) technology with high-resolution digital sensors and networked micro-controllers and (b) to build partnerships with organizations and individuals in Nepal and the US with interests in operating and maintaining an earthquake early warning system.

Our Team

Collaborative team of students and faculty from Duke University and Tribhuvan University