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April 28, 2015

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WATERLOO – A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the area between Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday April 25, 2015, resulting in thousands of injuries and deaths.

The following Laurier experts are available for comment on a variety of issues regarding the disaster in Nepal:

Ken Hewitt, professor emeritus and research associate in Laurier’s Geography and Environmental Studies program, is an expert in the area of disaster risk reduction and is familiar with the Himalaya and Kathmandu. He is also leaving for Chengdu, China on May 3 to give an address at a conference on earthquakes and landslides. Contact information: 416-778-9232 or at

Brenda Murphy, associate professor in Laurier’s Society, Culture and Environment program, is an expert on natural hazards and risks, and risk and resilience within small, rural and remote communities. Contact information: 519-756-8228 x5718 or at

Stephen Haller, associate professor in Laurier’s Society, Culture and Environment program, is an expert in environmental issues including predictions of global catastrophe and the ethics of decision-making under uncertainty and great risk. Contact information: 519-756-8228 x5705 or at

Colin Robertson is an assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Robertson has worked in Nepal on environment-disease research. Contact information: 519-884-0710 x4757 or at

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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