Session Start Date

6-1-1988

Abstract

On 2 March 1987 the 86 m high Matahina earth dam in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand was shaken by a nearby magnitude 6.3 earthquake. The dam response was recorded by five strong motion accelerometers and a maximum crest level acceleration of 0.42 g was measured. The crest level rockfill settled about 100 mm and moved downstream 250 mm during the earthquake. No major leakage has resulted from the earthquake. The results of the damage investigations are described. A condition probably requiring remedial work has been identified on the left abutment.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Second Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

6-1-1988

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1988 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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The Observed Seismic Behavior of the Matahina Dam

On 2 March 1987 the 86 m high Matahina earth dam in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand was shaken by a nearby magnitude 6.3 earthquake. The dam response was recorded by five strong motion accelerometers and a maximum crest level acceleration of 0.42 g was measured. The crest level rockfill settled about 100 mm and moved downstream 250 mm during the earthquake. No major leakage has resulted from the earthquake. The results of the damage investigations are described. A condition probably requiring remedial work has been identified on the left abutment.