Alpine fault earthquake: Ground shaking and impacts

Tuesday 10 December at 6.00pm, at the Presbyterian Community Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka.
Professor Brendon Bradley, College of Engineering, University of Canterbury/Director of QuakeCoRE.
Cost – FREE – Everyone Welcome.

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What could an Alpine Fault earthquake feel like and how is world leading research in earthquake resilience helping us prepare?

“We can’t predict when an earthquake will hit but we can predict how strong the ground shaking will be at certain geographic locations,” Professor Brendon Bradley says. His award-winning research is being used to set new international building design codes, and several major rebuilding projects in Christchurch are being influenced by his findings.

Brendon is a Professor of Earthquake Engineering and Director of QuakeCoRE; the New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience – a network of over 180 active researchers. The research uses sophisticated seismic hazard analysis and assessment modelling, and pioneering ground motion simulation to identify and mitigate earthquake impacts.

Brendon’s modelling relies on physics-based data, examining the geological and geophysical properties of rock and soil at specific locations. This differs from traditional ground motion modelling, based primarily on observation and generalised information.

Since 2012, and with the help of two government-funded super computers in Auckland and Wellington, QuakeCoRE has been working on a system to model the “process” of an earthquake. This help quake experts make more informed predictions about how the ground will move in a certain spot.

“Our idea is basically to get to a point where we provide the same sort of information as a weather forecaster would tell you … Just as when you have a severe weather warning, we would provide you the same information about severe ground shaking and the consequence to buildings,” says Brendon.

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