Briefing on Christchurch New Zealand Earthquake

June 16, 2015 by  
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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 http://canterbury.royalcommission.govt.nz/ There...


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: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/5427734/Plan-to-build-a-city-in-a-garden The draft plan can be viewed online at the end of the...


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...


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...


A Look at Building Stock and Insurance Impacts by Tao Lai

March 30, 2011 by  
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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...


Building Safety Evaluation

March 19, 2011 by  
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The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering has developed procedures and guidelines for the rapid assessment of buildings following  earthquakes, Building Safety Evaluation in a State of Emergency: Guidelines for Territorial Authorities.  These guidelines, originally based on ATC-20 Procedures...


Indicator Buildings

March 19, 2011 by  
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Concerns of progressive collapse of marginally-stable structures has raised questions regarding the need to reinspect buildings following aftershocks.   The aftershock sequence has contained about 40 events greater than 4.0 and 12 events greater than 4.5 since 22 February.  Most of these aftershocks...


Heritage Buildings

March 19, 2011 by  
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The Europeans who settled Christchurch in the 1850’s formed an “Acclimatization Society” in an attempt to establish familiar environments in Christchurch.  This group advanced the introduction of European animals and plants, and the establishment of parks and architecture of their...


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