Stu­dent helps home in cri­sis

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and saw the dev­as­ta­tion along the way.”

The 33-year-old was born in Kathmandu. He moved to Perth with his wife in 2012, but had re­turned home on April 4 for the fes­ti­val sea­son.

He started learn­ing the ba­sics of earth­quake en­gi­neer­ing in Nepal in 2006 be­cause of the seis­mic ac­tiv­ity in the south Asian coun­try and in­spi­ra­tion from him men­tors.

Mr Shrestha joined Tribhuwan Univer­sity in Nepal to study a master in struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing.

His the­sis re­search works were fo­cused on seis­mic per­for­mance of struc­tures in Nepal.

His hunger to learn and do more in the field of earth­quake en­gi­neer­ing led the now Lang­ford res­i­dent to Perth.

With sev­eral years ex­pe­ri­ence and be­ing in Nepal when the earth­quake hit, he was able to use his skills to col­lect field data for the Aus­tralian Earth­quake En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety (AEES).

“I ba­si­cally col­lected the dam­age de­tails with their geospa­tial lo­ca­tions and ba­sic sum­mary of dam­age pat­tern that could help oth­ers to iden­tify the dis­tri­bu­tion and ex­tent of dam­ages at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions in Kathmandu val­ley and eastern hill towns.

Mr Shrestha was sup­posed to re­turn to Perth on May 9, but ex­tended his stay un­til May 30 so he could con­tinue to help.

Hav­ing seen the hor­rific im­pact of the earth­quake, he hopes enough is learned to pre­vent the same thing hap­pen­ing again.

“There is no doubt that we will rise again but we need to en­sure that we would rise not to fall again,” said Mr Shrestha, who lost his aunt and 200-year-old an­ces­tral house in the earth­quake.

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