Preliminary observations of the 2010 Darfield (Canterbury) earthquakes

An introduction

  • Peter Wood New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, Wellington, NZ
  • Philip Robins New Zealand Geotechnical Society Inc, Wellington, NZ
  • John Hare Structural Engineering Society New Zealand Inc, NZ

Abstract

This Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) is a collaboration with the New Zealand Geotechnical Society (NZGS) and the Structural Engineering Society New Zealand (SESOC), with papers on the preliminary observations of the 2010 September 4, 04:35 (NZST; September 3, 16:35 UTC) Darfield (Canterbury) earthquakes.

This Introductory paper summarises preliminary observations of the earthquakes and the performance of ground, structures, non-structural elements, and lifelines; the assessments of usability; and the communication of information amongst the science and engineering communities.

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Published
2010-12-31
How to Cite
Wood, P., Robins, P., & Hare, J. (2010). Preliminary observations of the 2010 Darfield (Canterbury) earthquakes. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 43(4), i-iv. https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.43.4.i-iv
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