Scientists in the US have identified the Palu earthquake in Indonesia as a supershear, a particularly destructive form of seismic movement.
Officials have linked an earthquake in North Korea to a nuclear test explosion ordered by Pyongyang.
Professor Bishal Nath Upreti has been awarded the 2015 C.N.R. Rao Prize for his contributions to geoscience in Nepal.
The US$1.47 million Stephen Riady Geosciences Scholars Fund will be used to train PhD geoscientists at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
The funds pledged by international donors are less than half of the US$6.7 billion estimated to be required for reconstruction.
Particularly in quake-prone areas like the Himalayas, smaller dams could be cheaper and safer.