"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.






Congratulations to the Quake Centre, recognised with a global Chevron STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Award, at the 2018 international Fab Lab conference in Toulouse, France.



The need for disaster readiness both in New Zealand and around the world is not a new idea.

Natural disasters have long been - and will always be - a fact of life.



The Quake Centre team and its industry partners are foreseeing, "a pivotal year for earth dam research in 2018," with the highly anticipated arrival of the new triaxial permeameter (TXP) device.





Encouraging young people to consider the creativity and expertise of a career in earthquake engineering is a walk in the park for the University of Canterbury’s Brandy Alger.



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



Quake Centre and Quake Core outreach programme co-ordinator Brandy Alger (M.S.E.E) has turned her passion for engineering into a series of exciting community initiatives, as part of her role.




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.




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