"It takes an earthquake to remind us that we walk on the crust of an unfinished earth...”


1994 In Sunday Morning,




More earthquakes have reminded us how fragile our relationship with the earth is. It can be easy to settle into a sense of complacency until the earth shakes us back to reality. That's why the Quake Centre was set up - to meld the best of the industry and academic spheres with the aim of delivering the best outcomes in seismic engineering innovation.


We cannot accurately predict when an earthquake will strike, or where it will be centred - but we can prepare for them by ensuring that our seismic research remains relevant and innovative, so that impacts are lessened, when they do inevitably occur.


That's what the Quake Centre is all about, partnering with such academic institutions and commercial operations to further knowledge and insights into the minutiae of earthquake engineering and its implications for the sectors involved and the public at large.


We celebrate all the amazing work being undertaken and the worthwhile results being achieved.





'Groundbreaking' is one of the words being used to describe a new funding package that will provide certainty for many

of the Quake Centre's projects over the next couple of years. Read more about that here.




Brilliant online innovation from the University of Canterbury’s Quake Centre, aimed at improving community earthquake resilience, continue to gain good ground.



A couple of months after a conference or event it’s often good to look back and think about what we’ve learnt as a result of all the interested parties coming together to share their knowledge.



Guest speaker, Stephen Rigbey, from BC Hydro in Canada shares some of his extensive knowledge and experience in the risk management of dams at the NZSOLD workshop.



Dam safety is a slow burn issue - Peter Lilley talks about the challenges involved with the risk management of large dam structures at the NZSOLD workshop.




Dan Forester takes us back to lessons learned from the 1945 eruption of Mount Ruapehu that led to one of New Zealand’s darkest days - the Tangiwai Rail disaster.



The effects of the 1987 Edgecombe earthquake on the Matahina Dam continues to be an important case study for ongoing seismic scientific research.



Let's look at our windy, seismically vulnerable, capital city.



QuakeScape is the exciting new game plan from Brandy Algar, to get conversations started around earthquake resilience in local communities.



Dubbed the "shaky isles," Aotearoa has endured the tremors of seismic shift for centuries. So it comes as no surprise there reigns a god of earthquakes in Māori cultulre - he is called Rūaumoko.



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