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Christchurch Homeowners’ Class Action to Proceed
Residential
Tuesday October 31 2017

Christchurch Homeowners’ Class Action to Proceed

The Court of Appeal has rejected an attempt by government-owned insurer Southern Response Earthquake Services to throw out a class action lawsuit from Christchurch homeowners whose...

Poverty, Earthquakes and the Need for a New Orthodoxy
Residential
Friday July 7 2017

Poverty, Earthquakes and the Need for a New Orthodoxy

About 75 per cent of the deaths that occur during earthquakes are caused by building failure rather than the actual earthquakes themselves. And the sad fact...

NZ Engineer Calls to Exceed Minimum Earthquake Standard
Structural
Tuesday May 9 2017

NZ Engineer Calls to Exceed Minimum Earthquake Standard

Wellington's buildings need to exceed the minimum standard set by the building code if the capital city wants to improve its resilience to a major earthquake.

What NZ Engineers Need to Know About New Earthquake Laws
Buildings
Tuesday March 28 2017

What NZ Engineers Need to Know About New Earthquake Laws

In February 2011, New Zealand experienced shock and devastation as the Canterbury earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale killed 185 people – 115 of whom...

Buildings at Risk of Collapse from NZ Earthquake
Structural
Friday November 18 2016

Buildings at Risk of Collapse from NZ Earthquake

Buildings at Risk of Collapse from NZ Earthquake

Qld Earthquake Could Have Been Devastating
Environment
Monday August 22 2016

Qld Earthquake Could Have Been Devastating

North Queensland could have experienced a bigger natural disaster than Newcastle suffered in 1989 if the epicentre of an earthquake in the Whitsundays had been on...

Six-storey Building Put Through ‘Earthquake Test’
Structural
Monday June 20 2016

Six-storey Building Put Through ‘Earthquake Test’

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have rocked and rattled a six-storey steel frame building on a giant shake table to see how the...

Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake Shakes Christchurch
Structural
Monday February 15 2016

Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake Shakes Christchurch

There were harrowing near misses but Christchurch has emerged from a magnitude 5.7 quake with no deaths and little damage and must wait to see what...

Shoring up Earthquake Resistance with Anti-Seismic Bricks
Structural
Monday January 11 2016

Shoring up Earthquake Resistance with Anti-Seismic Bricks

A new form of anti-seismic brick promises to improve the earthquake resistance of buildings without requiring complex or expensive structural interventions.

Commercial
Mar 13 2018
Fletcher on Track in Christchurch

Retirement village operator Arvida Group says it's on track to complete 94 new units in the second half and has "strong relationships" with its development partners,...

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Mining
Feb 28 2018
14 Dead, Mining Halted After Earthquake Rocks PNG

At least 14 people have been killed in landslides and by collapsed buildings during a powerful earthquake in the remote Papua New Guinea highlands.

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Buildings
Feb 22 2018
ASCE Updates Standard in Seismic Zones

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently updated its guidelines for retrofits in earthquake-prone areas. The ASCE/Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) 41-17, Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit...

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Business
3 Nov, 2014
NZ Earthquake Claims Top $13 billion

More than $13 billion has been paid out by insurance companies on Canterbury earthquake claims.

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