Study of Unreinforced Masonry Wall Anchors in Christchurch

August 17, 2011 by  
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Art Schultz from the Univ of Minnesota recently returned from Christchurch after conducting tests on anchors in damaged unreinforced masonry buildings.


Hospital Response Survey Team in Christchurch

August 17, 2011 by  
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A team headed by Judith Mitrani-Reiser from Johns Hopkins University is in Christchurch during August 2011 to conduct a comparative survey of hospital personnel to document their facility’s preparedness and their overall performance in the sequence of recent earthquakes. A similar prior survey...


Documenting the Performance of Retrofitted URM Buildings

March 18, 2011 by  
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Several EERI Team members have been collaborating with University of Canterbury coordinator on this subject Prof. Rakesh Dhakal to try to capture the ephemeral effects of the earthquake on all known retrofitted URM buildings in the Canterbury Province that were shaken with significant motions in the...


Prince William’s Visit to the Central Business District of Christchurch

March 16, 2011 by  
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Prince William visited the CBD this morning to observe the damage and the extraordinary recovery efforts underway. The EERI team members saw him in the Emergency Operations Center with John Hamilton, the Recovery Minister to his left.


Briefing on Safety Assessment Progress

March 15, 2011 by  
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Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker reported that an additional portion of the Central Business District will be reopened to owners of buildings this Thursday followed by access to the public on Friday. Many other zones in the CBD remain closed to the public and and those few who are granted access require...


Clearinghouse Meeting March 14, 2011

March 15, 2011 by  
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On behalf of the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering, Bruce Deam welcomed participants and asked each team to describe their reconnaissance activities and priorities: EEFIT team from Europe – 8 members EERI team from Canada and the United States – 18 members AIJ team from Japan...


Safety Assessment Efforts in Canterbury

March 13, 2011 by  
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Most of the EERI Team volunteered to assist ongoing safety assesments of damaged buildings for the past two days. The Emergency Operations Center gladly accepted EERI’s offer to help. New Zealand’s safety assessment protocols for buildings are similar to those in the U.S. for placing red...


Locations of Casualties in the February 22, 2011 Aftershock

March 13, 2011 by  
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This graphic was published in Saturday’s March 12, 2011 local paper indicating where deaths occurred. The majority of the deaths were in nonductile concrete frame buildings. Second were in unretrofitted URM buildings. At least one death occurred in a retrofitted URM building. More study of this...


Previously Retrofitted Stone Building Further Damaged

March 13, 2011 by  
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A heritage stone building near Gloucester St. and Cambridge Terrace that was damaged in the September 4th earthquake, later stabilized and damaged further in the February 22 aftershock was observed. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:...


Prior Efforts to Barricade and Stabilize Damaged Buildings from Sept Earthquake

March 11, 2011 by  
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We observed many examples of barricades, cordons, and stabilization efforts on buildings damaged in the September 4th earthquake that were effective in minimizing the public’s exposure to further falling risks in the February 22. This sign was on a fence that was placed a safe distance away to...


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