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ASCE Responds to February 2011 New Zealand Earthquake

New Zealand Assessment Team

An ASCE-authorized Structural Engineering Institute reconnaissance team of five engineers traveled Monday, April 4, to Christchurch, New Zealand, to explore the causes of damage to infrastructure as a result of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Feb. 22. The team is being led by Robert Pekelnicky, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, M.ASCE. Read his blog:

On the day the earthquake occured, Distinguished Member David T. Biggs, P.E., S.E., Dist.M.ASCE, HTMS, was coincidentally delivering a seminar lecture on structural engineering and seismic forensics. Biggs wrote a detailed daily diary on his experiences as the quake struck, and how he joined fellow engineers in applying his expertise to assessing the safety of buildings in Christchurch. 

Also in Christchurch on the day of the earthquake was Structural Engineering Institute president Roberto T. Leon, P.E., Ph.D. The professor of structural engineering, engineering mechanics and materials at Georgia Institute of Technology was a week into the start of a teaching fellowship at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

Read Leon's report to ASCE about his experience of what it was like during and after the quake, on and around campus.