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      New Zealand is a high earthquake hazard region and earthquake considerations are integral to the design of buildings.

      Many buildings in the Christchurch CBD were on shallow foundations and some of these were badly affected by liquefaction including excessive settlements and tilting from the Canterbury earthquakes.

      Though the level of shaking in the Canterbury earthquakes far exceeded even the ultimate limit state (ULS) design level of shaking, a better understanding of site geotechnical performance during earthquakes is desirable. This should lead to better foundation performance in order to achieve greater resilience and reparability for the building stock.


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