Location

Chicago, Illinois

Session Start Date

4-29-2013

Session End Date

5-4-2013

Abstract

A series of strong local earthquakes hit the city of Christchurch (New Zealand) in the period between September 2010 and December 2011. The earthquakes produced strong ground motions, and were very damaging. The magnitude 6.2 22 February 2011 earthquake was particularly devastating causing heavy damage to the city and 185 fatalities. The earthquake caused widespread and severe liquefaction over approximately one third of the city area which arguably was the most severe and extensive liquefaction in native soils on record. This paper presents an overview of the liquefaction-induced damage to the land, buildings and infrastructure caused by the 2010-2011 earthquakes.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering

Meeting Name

Seventh Conference

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

4-29-2013

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2013 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Liquefaction-Induced Damage in The2010-2011 Christchurch (New Zealand) Earthquakes

Chicago, Illinois

A series of strong local earthquakes hit the city of Christchurch (New Zealand) in the period between September 2010 and December 2011. The earthquakes produced strong ground motions, and were very damaging. The magnitude 6.2 22 February 2011 earthquake was particularly devastating causing heavy damage to the city and 185 fatalities. The earthquake caused widespread and severe liquefaction over approximately one third of the city area which arguably was the most severe and extensive liquefaction in native soils on record. This paper presents an overview of the liquefaction-induced damage to the land, buildings and infrastructure caused by the 2010-2011 earthquakes.