Briefing on New Zealand Canterbury (Darfield) Earthquake

A briefing on the Canterbury, New Zealand, earthquake of September 3, 2010, was jointly organized by EERI's Learning from Earthquakes Program and the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), and co-sponsored GEER. The event was presented live to an audience of 55 in the CITRIS Auditorium at UC Berkeley and via live webcast to listeners at 96 locations around the world including London, Costa Rica and New Zealand.

Date: Monday, October 18, 2010
Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Auditorium in Room 310, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS Building), UC Berkeley

The presentation slides and video recordings for each presenter are found below:

Introduction (pdf file - 280 KB)

Steve Mahin, Director of the PEER Center

Geotechnical Aspects of the 2010 Darfield Earthquake (pdf flie - 17.5 MB)

Scott Ashford, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and School Head, Oregon State University

Findings of ASCE’s TCLEE team (pdf file - 10.2 MB)

John Eidinger, President, G & E Engineering Systems Inc.

Performance of Unreinforced Masonry and Selected Modern Buildings and Port Facilities (pdf file - 32.5 MB)

Fred Turner, Structural Engineer, California Seismic Safety Commission

Nonstructural and Other Issues (pdf file - 16.2 MB)

Bill Holmes, Structural Engineer, Rutherford & Chekene

University Impacts Response and Recovery Issues (pdf file - 3.2 MB)

Mary Comerio, Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley


For more information about the Canterbury Earthquake in New Zealand, visit the EERI Clearinghouse for the earthquake.

Related PEER news items: PEER sponsors researchers to study Canterbury Earthquake in NZ.