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Nominations for the 2018 – 19 NZSEE Management Committee are open. The Society members annually elect nine of their members to the Management Committee. All current members of the Management Committee are eligible, except two, to be re-elected if they wish to have their nomination put forward.

Nominations shall be on a form supplied by the Executive Officer (copy of nomination form available from HERE), shall be signed by the candidate, his or her proposer and seconder, all of… Continue reading

This earthquake in Central Mexico occurred as the result of normal faulting at a depth of approximately 50 km. Focal mechanism solutions indicate that the earthquake occurred on a moderately dipping fault, striking either to the southeast, or to the northwest. The event is near, but not directly on, the plate boundary between the Cocos and North America plates in the region.

The earthquake has caused significant damage in Mexico City, with many multi-storey building collapsed causing tragic loss… Continue reading

The Earthquake Commission is generously providing a number of travel grants-in-aid for NZ based earthquake engineering students and practitioners to attend the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (WCEE) in Chile in January 2017. The WCEE, which is held once every four years since 1956, represents one of the largest international gatherings of experts and future leaders active in earthquake engineering.  WCEE is an important forum for the exchange of findings and experiences in mitigating the effects of earthquakes… Continue reading

Information compiled by Dr. Caroline Holden (GNS)


General scientific info on the Mw 5.7 February 14th earthquake:

GeoNet info: (Link 1,Link 2)

PGA shakemap:


The “ShakeMap” above shows the shaking intensity as determined by GeoNet instruments and modelled against ground conditions (Horspool et al., 2015). This map is preliminary and people are advised to use actual recorded data if possible. The map is based on the ground motion… Continue reading

A Mw6.4 earthquake struck Southern Taiwan at 3:57am local time on 6 February 2016 with a depth of 23 km. The city of Tainan (population 1.9M (2014)), approximately 48 km from the epicentre, has been reported as the worst affected city. NZSEE’s thoughts are with the victims and their family as rescue and relief work continues.

The NZSEE Learning from Earthquakes committee is monitoring the situation closely to consider the opportunities to learn from this event. Information about… Continue reading

On 7 May, Minister Steven Joyce and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) announced funding for four new Centres of Research Excellence (https://beehive.govt.nz/release/four-more-centres-research-excellence-funded), including  QuakeCoRE: Centre for Earthquake Resilience.  This announcement is the culmination of a nearly two-year national effort to secure a CoRE addressing challenges in earthquake engineering and resilience.  The original proposal, developed as a strong collaboration between University of Canterbury and University of Auckland, was unsuccessful in the first competition in 2013-14.… Continue reading

The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) from the United States of America have entered into a scientific and technical collaboration agreement with the primary objective of promoting and sponsoring collaboration between both parties, and with the goal of participating jointly in scientific and technical activities in areas of common interest related to earthquake engineering. These areas include mitigation of seismic risk, increase of community resilience and reduction of overall socio-economical losses.… Continue reading

Members of MBIE’s external Engineering Advisory Group (EAG) were awarded top honours at the recent Institute of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) fellows’ and achievers’ dinner.

EAG assists the Infrastructure and Resource Markets group’s Building System Performance branch to develop interim guidance, which is later incorporated into official MBIE guidance documents.  It also liaises between the engineering community, EQC, the insurance industry, CERA and the Canterbury councils.

Appointed by MBIE’s Chief executive, EAG’s members are leading engineers and remediation specialists. … Continue reading

By Dave Kelly, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Building and Housing

The tragic loss of life caused by the Canterbury earthquakes has, naturally, raised awareness and concern about building safety standards.

This has prompted strong reactions, possibly even over-reactions in some cases. Tenants have walked away from older buildings, and unions reportedly want to make employers provide quake-safe workplaces.

The term “earthquake-prone” is a technical term that is used to describe buildings that are less than one-third of the earthquake… Continue reading

The recently updated version of the June 2006 document, incorporating Corrigenda 1 and 2, is now available as a pdf down load from here.

The Corrigenda are also available as separate documents:
Corrigenda 1 (4 August 2008) is available as a pdf down load from here.
Corrigenda 2 (15 June 2012) is available as a pdf down load from here.

The 2006 document marked a milestone in the understanding and practical assessment of older buildings and their… Continue reading