A Look at Building Stock and Insurance Impacts by Tao Lai

March 30, 2011 by  
Filed under General Information, Structural

Outside of Christchurch’s Central Business District (CBD), the majority of buildings generally consist of low-rise wood-frame houses with brick veneer, which generally performed well under earthquake ground shaking. However, non-structural damage such as cracks in plasterboard and toppled chimneys...

Day 3 survey report – Tao Lai on March 13, 2011

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog

Most of the EERI team members volunteered to work for the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) on Day 3. I was assigned to Rapid Response, which has variety of responsibilities. The team I was assigned to include a New Zealand registered structural engineer, a city worker, and two USAR (Urban Search and...

Tao Lai Leaves for New Zealand with a Sobering Heart

March 9, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog

It has been two weeks since the Feb. 22, 2011 M6.3 Christchurch earthquake. Although this quake had a much smaller magnitude compared to the one last September, but because the rupture was much closer to the city, it shook Christchurch much more severely than the one six months ago. The Central Business...