Briefing on Christchurch New Zealand Earthquake

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 venue, and web-broadcasted to listeners at nearly 200 locations across the US and around the world.

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Auditorium in Room 310, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS Building), UC Berkeley. Directions.

Speakers included:

  • - Stephen Mahin of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (Welcome) & Ronald Mayes of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger: Introductions & Darfield Earthquake
  • - Ken Elwood (EERI Reconnaissance Team co-leader) of the University of British Columbia: Earthquake experience, spectral demands, critical building project
  • - Russell Berkowitz of Forell/Elsesser: Structural performance observations
  • - Fred Turner of the California Seismic Safety Commission: Performance of unreinforced masonry buildings & retrofitted structures
  • - Donald Wells (GEER) of AMEC Geomatrix: Geotechnical observations & engineering geology
  • - Misko Cubrinovski of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand discussing via video conference: Liquefaction
  • - Anne Wein of the U.S. Geological Survey: Social impacts
  • - Mary Comerio (EERI Reconnaissance Team co-leader) of the University of California, Berkeley: University, housing, policy, and recovery issues
  • - Q&A Session

This seminar was hosted by:

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

How can I attend this seminar?

  1. - Attend in person at Auditorium in Room 310, Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS), UC Berkeley. Directions.
  2. - Watch remotely via Webcast live at 3 pm April 6, 2010: mms:// The webcast will become available at 2:45 pm. It should load automatically, but if you have problems, make sure your computer has the latest version of Windows Media Player, RealPlayer or QuickTime installed.
  3. - Videos of the presentations will be archived on this web page for viewing after the event.