EEFIT Lessons from the Christchurch Earthquake presentation online!

Published: 27/06/2011

Members of the Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) presented their findings from their recent mission to Christchurch, New Zealand on 10 May 2011.

On 22 February a 6.3 Magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch. The earthquake was in fact an aftershock of the Darfield earthquake of 4 September 2010. However, its close proximity to the centre of Christchurch meant that it had a far more devastating effect than the initial shock.

At the meeting, the team presented their observations of the damage sustained to masonry structures alongside modern buildings that are engineered for earthquake resilience. The presentations also looked at disaster response from the New Zealand people and authorities. Earthquake features such as high intensity ground shaking, wide scale liquefaction and landslides were also discussed.

The recording from the event is available from our webinars page.

Speakers at this event were:

  • Matthew Free – Arup
  • Sean Wilkinson – University of Newcastle
  • Damian Grant – University College London
  • David Boon – British Geological Survey
  • Sarah Paganoni – University of Bath
  • Elizabeth Williams – University of Oxford

For more information please visit the EEFIT webpage.


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