Earthquake Engineering

  • Earthquake Engineering


Earthquake Engineering encompasses a broad range of activities that seek to minimise the damage and disruption communities suffer when hit by an earthquake. The subject includes:

  • Assessing the tectonic and fault mechanisms that generate earthquakes to estimate when they will occur and how large they will be
  • Understanding how the earthquake energy transmits through the ground
  • Quantifying the likely ground surface responses at a specific site throughout the life of a structure
  • Assessing the liquefaction potential of soils at specific sites
  • Designing structures and lifeline services (electricity, gas, transport, water and wastewater) to minimise the damage and disruption during and after an earthquake
  • Planning for emergency response and post-earthquake recovery
  • Preparing communities for earthquakes.

Contact us

Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

Phone +64 3 369 3113

Physical location
Please see the Department's website for up-to-date location details.

Postal address
College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha
University of Canterbury | 
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand