Brendon Bradley—a professor at the College of Engineering, University of Canterbury, director of QuakeCoRe, and one of New Zealand’s leading earthquake researchers—is coming to Wānaka Presbyterian Community Hall at 6pm on December 10 to give a free talk about what an Alpine Fault earthquake could feel like and how research in earthquake resilience is aiding preparations.
Bradley’s award-winning research is being used to set new international building design codes, and several major rebuilding projects in Christchurch are being influenced by his findings.
The hour-long event forms part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series, which celebrates 25 years of a fund that has driven “world-class research” in New Zealand.
"We can't predict when an earthquake will hit but we can predict how strong the ground shaking will be at certain geographic locations," said Bradley. "Our idea is basically to get to a point where we provide the same sort of information as a weather forecaster would tell you. Just as when you have a severe weather warning, we would provide you the same information about severe ground shaking and the consequence to buildings."