Articles | Volume 22, issue 10
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Integrated seismic risk assessment in Nepal
- Final revised paper (published on 07 Oct 2022)
- Preprint (discussion started on 14 Jan 2022)
Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor |
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RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-354', Anonymous Referee #1, 25 Jan 2022
- AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Roisha Maharjan, 26 Jan 2022
RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2021-354', Anonymous Referee #2, 02 Apr 2022
- AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Roisha Maharjan, 10 May 2022
Peer review completion
AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (10 May 2022) by Heidi Kreibich
AR by Roisha Maharjan on behalf of the Authors (18 Jun 2022)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Jun 2022) by Heidi Kreibich
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (22 Jun 2022)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (28 Jun 2022)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Jun 2022) by Heidi Kreibich
AR by Roisha Maharjan on behalf of the Authors (10 Jul 2022)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (01 Sep 2022) by Heidi Kreibich
The deveopment of a Social Vulnerability Index is a worthwhile advance in Nepal seismic risk assessment. While this is welcome, a serious omission in this paper is the absence of a detailed casualty analysis. In the conclusions, it is stated that, 'The authors are aware to the fact that numerous estimations such as casualties, non-structural damage, business-interruption loss and loss to critical infrastructure may improve the indicator of physical risk'.
The only information on deaths is in Table 1, which gives a poor indication on fatality risk. For example, had the Gorkha earthquake not occurred on a Saturday, there would have been a tragic loss of life in Nepalese schools, where many thousand classrooms were wrecked. All tabulations of death statistics need to be subject to counterfactual risk analysis (see www.llloyds.com).
At the very least, there should be a section of the paper addressing casualty risk. The authors note that the most recent Nepal census was in 2021. Ideally, this paper should be withheld for a number of months until it can incorporate this latest important demographic data.