Welcome to the Kaikoura, New Zealand Earthquake Clearinghouse


On November 13, 2016, a significant earthquake struck North Canterbury, New Zealand at 11:02:56 UTC (12:02 am local time). Local magnitude has been reported by GeoNet as M7.8.

This virtual clearinghouse website will be a central location for sharing data and reports collected by experts conducting reconnaissance for this earthquake and its aftershocks. The clearinghouse operation is a partnership between four organizations: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program, New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering, GNS Science, and QuakeCoRE.

Colleagues with information about earthquake impacts or who plan to conduct reconnaissance should send information to the topic-specific addresses indicated below. If you have a large amount of information you would like to share on the website, a google drive link can be provided for you. If you are planning on conducting reconnaissance, please read guiding-principles-for-human-interaction-data-gathering-post-disaster-18112016.

Geotechnical Engineering Related to Landslides – kaikouraeq.geotech.landslide@gmail.com (Contact: Maya Elkortbawi)

Geotechnical Engineering Related to Liquefaction- kaikouraeq.geotech.liquefact@gmail.com (Contact: Maya Elkortbawi)

Geotechnical Engineering Related to Other Topics – kaikouraeq.geotech@gmail.com (Contact: Max Stephens)

Structural Engineering – kaikouraeq.structures@gmail.com (Contact: Enrique Castillo)

Non-Structural Components and Contents –  kaikouraeq.nonstructural@gmail.com (Contact: Massoud Moghaddasi)

Lifelines – kaikouraeq.lifelines@gmail.com (Contact: Max Stephens)

Social Sciences – kaikouraeq.socialscience@gmail.com (Contact: Robert Kipp)

Economics – kaikouraeq.economics@gmail.com (Contact: Nhu Cuong Nguyen)

General inquires about the Kaikoura earthquake clearinghouse should be sent to kaikouraeq@gmail.com (Contact: Max Stephens).