"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.









The SCIRT Learning Legacy is online.The Quake Centre is pleased to have been a key player in this important project.



A new online course facilitates practical capacity assessment of reinforced concrete frame buildings.



There are many ways to go to a conference but the Quake Centre's Greg Preston took one of the more unusual options...








We speak to Wayne Tyson from the University of Canterbury's Geospatial Research Institute (GRI)



Research into better bridges gets international attention...



Read through a recap of Dr. Ali Sahin Tasligedik's research presentation.




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 Mythology - Rūaumoko.



Lifted land masses and levelled towns, New Zealand is all too familiar with the effects of various earthquakes through the centuries. What better place to learn and study seismic engineering?



At the University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering and Physical Sciences Library lives a treasured carved sculpture - Te Taonga O Rūaumoko – that is of very special significance to earthquake engineers.




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