Seismic Waves: Getting in GEER for New Zealand   [open pdf - 1MB]

Seismic Waves is a newsletter published by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program [NEHRP]. "Soon after the deadly February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, a team of engineers from that country and the United States surveyed the geotechnical effects of this event. Their focus was on the characteristics of affected soils, how the soils responded to earthquake shaking, and how these responses affected buildings and lifelines. Due to a confluence of factors, the geotechnical effects produced by this magnitude 6.2 earthquake were of immense significance. U.S. participation in this joint reconnaissance was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF, a NEHRP member agency), and coordinated by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, an NSF-supported association of geotechnical and geological experts from academia, industry, and government (www.geerassociation.org). As in other disasters, GEER's approach in New Zealand was to offer supplemental assistance to the local experts involved. By sharing the load, GEER helps to ensure that the geotechnical engineering community worldwide is able to learn as much as possible from disasters to improve practice and mitigate the impacts of future events."

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Seismic Waves (March 2013)
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