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Geotechnical reconnaissance of the 2010 Darfield (Canterbury) earthquake

M Cubrinovski, RA Green, J Allen, S Ashford, E Bowman, undefined Brendon, undefined Bradley, B Cox, T Hutchinson, E Kavazanjian, R Orense, M Pender, M Quigley, L Wotherspoon

Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering | Published : 2010


On 4 September 2010, a magnitude Mw 7.1 earthquake struck the Canterbury region on the South Island of New Zealand. The epicentre of the earthquake was located in the Darfield area about 40 km west of the city of Christchurch. Extensive damage was inflicted to lifelines and residential houses due to widespread liquefaction and lateral spreading in areas close to major streams, rivers and wetlands throughout Christchurch and Kaiapoi. Unreinforced masonry buildings also suffered extensive damage throughout the region. Despite the severe damage to infrastructure and residential houses, fortunately, no deaths occurred and only two injuries were reported in this earthquake. From an engineering vi..

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