Briefing on Christchurch New Zealand Earthquake

June 16, 2015 by  
Filed under General Information

A briefing on the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake of February 22, 2011, was jointly organized by EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes Program and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), and co-sponsored by GEER. This briefing was attended by over 50 attendees at the UC Berkeley...

Reports Available from the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission

October 27, 2011 by  
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The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission of inquiry will report on the causes of building failure as a result of the earthquakes as well as the legal and best-practice requirements for buildings in New Zealand Central Business Districts. An interim report is available from their website There...

Post-quake Inspections Mislead Building Occupants in Christchurch, New Zealand

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Social Impacts

The Canterbury Television building was subjected the 7.0 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch, New Zealand in September 2010. The following magnitude 6.1 earthquake in February 2011 caused the building to collapse and resulted in the deaths of 115 people. An earthquake reconnaissance team inspected...

Draft Central City Plan – Christchurch rebuilding proposal

August 19, 2011 by  
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Christchurch City councilors adopted a landmark draft plan to rebuild the quake-hit central city. For more information, click the link below: The draft plan can be viewed online at the end of the...

Participate in GEO-CAN Assessment of Christchurch

June 30, 2011 by  
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EERI members now have the opportunity to assess damage caused by the recent earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, by using an innovative online tool to analyze imagery — the Tomnod Disaster Mapper. This cooperative effort is the result of EERI’s partnership in GEO-CAN (Global Earth Observation-Catastrophe...

Retaining walls part 2

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Geotechnical

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Retaining wall performance

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Geotechnical

I spent today inspecting retaining walls and rockfalls in the suburbs of Lyttelton, Mount Pleasant, and Sumner.  The focus of this blog post is on retaining wall performance. Retaining walls in residential areas generally ranged from 1 to 4 meters high.  Wall types observed included: gravity rock and...

Observations on House Safety Evaluations from BRANZ Engineers

A brief report of the collective observations of Graeme Beattie, Roger Shelton and Stuart Thurston – BRANZ structural engineers conducting house safety evaluations.  75,000 houses have been inspected in 10 days. Up to 235 teams of building control officers (BCOs) and welfare people made these...

Seismology of the Two Events–K. Berryman

March 12, 2011 by  
Filed under General Information, Maps & Records

Presentation on the seismology of the two Christchurch earthquakes (September and February) prepared by Kelvin Berryman of GNS Science. CLICK HERE TO VIEW: PRESENTATION (5.3 MB)

Map of Damaged Buildings & Exterior Photos

March 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Reports from the field, Structural

Link to a Google map prepared by Ken Elwood and his graduate student of damaged buildings in Christchurch, with exterior photos: CLICK HERE FOR MAP

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