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Looking Closer

This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Earthquakes, which supports the resources in the other collections.

  • How do base isolators work? – Article

    Base isolation is a technique developed to prevent or minimise damage to buildings during an earthquake. It has been used in New Zealand, as well as in India, Japan, Italy and the USA.

  • What are slow slips? – Article

    Slow slip events are a recently discovered aspect of the geological forces shaping New Zealand. The search to explain them is closely linked to advances in data collection technology.

  • Canterbury earthquakes – Article

    Earthquakes in the Canterbury region since September 2010 displayed features commonly associated with such geological events: fault movement, shaking, liquefaction, landslides and rockfalls.

  • Liquefaction – Article

    Liquefaction happens in many earthquakes, when waterlogged silts are temporarily turned to liquid. Liquefaction can cause a lot of damage to property, but there are actions that can reduce this.