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Latest status of Tsho Rolpa and Imja Tsho glacial lakes, Nepal, following the Gorkha Earthquake, 25th April 2015

May 22, 2015

The recent earthquakes in Nepal on the 25th April and 12th May 2015 and many aftershocks have led to concerns being expressed about the stability of two glacial lakes in Nepal – Tsho Rolpa in Rolwaling, and Imja Tsho in the Solukhumbu. Given Prof. John Reynolds’ long association with the Rolwaling community (back to September […]

Ghorka earthquake and aftershocks destroy the village of Beding in Rolwaling – renewed concern over the stability of Tsho Rolpa, Nepal

May 12, 2015

On Saturday (9th May) I received the following news from Dr Janice Turner, an anthropologist who has been studying Rolwaling Valley in Nepal for 40 years: “The Rolwaling people are in crisis because of the earthquake [25th April 2015]. Every house is heavily damaged or destroyed. One helicopter dropped off some tarps and food but […]

Update on the aftermath of the Gorkha Earthquake of 25th April in Nepal

May 7, 2015

It is now clear that the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake on the 25th April has moved from search & rescue through to body recovery and care for survivors. In additional there is considerable attention being paid by international agencies on how best to help Nepal without swamping it’s already battered infrastructure and systems. […]

Nepal’s devastating earthquake Saturday 25th April 2015

April 30, 2015

The graphic pictures of the destruction of the older parts of Kathmandu and surrounding districts and of collapsed houses in remote villages are a stark reminder of the impact of earthquakes. This latest major earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, has long been anticipated. The region is well known for its high seismic activity […]

January 2015 – RIL provides key geophysical advice for international hydropower project in Georgia

February 4, 2015

RIL’s Geophysics team, managed by Dr Lucy Catt, Senior Geophysicist, has been commissioned again for another hydropower project in Georgia. The RIL team will be providing ongoing technical advice on geophysical surveys, field supervision, data analysis and interpretation as the project develops over the coming months.

January 2015 – RIL continues to provide leading-edge advice for offshore wind farms

February 2, 2015

RIL continues to maintain its leading-edge position with offshore wind farm developments by providing key advice to international developers with repeated contracts for a number of different wind farms and clients. RIL has been providing consultancy advice on technical specifications, tenders, survey designs and geological interpretation regimes.

January 2015 – Glacial hazards role in major new dam project in Pakistan

January 30, 2015

In January 2015, RIL started a two year-commission to provide glacial hazards advice as part of the Scoping for and the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the Diamer Basher Dam Project in northern Pakistan, under contract to MWH, Chicago, USA, and funded by USAID. The RIL team is headed up by Prof. John M. […]

October 2014 – New tidal energy initiative launched

January 28, 2015

On the 31st October 2014, North Wales Tidal Energy and Coastal Protection Co. Ltd (NWTE), based in St Asaph, held its official launch at Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay, north Wales. NWTE, of which Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, is also a Director, has the vision to become a significant generator of tidal renewable […]

October 2014 – HYDRO 2014, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy

January 26, 2015

Prof. John Reynolds, MD of RIL, attended the 3-day international HYDRO-2014 conference and exhibition held at Cernobbio, northern Italy, 13-15th October 2014. He gave an invited keynote presentation entitled ‘Natural Disaster Preparedness for Hydropower Development in High Mountain Environments’ in the session focused on the Asian region. He highlighted the current situation in the hydropower […]

September 2014 – Disaster Risk Management role with The World Bank

January 23, 2015

In September, Prof. John M. Reynolds, MD of RIL, was appointed as a Short Term Consultant to The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA, to take a technical lead through 2014-15 in a major new 5-year $100 million project funded by The World Bank and the Japanese Government on introducing Disaster Risk Management into the hydropower […]