On Monday 14 November 2016 at 12:02 am local time, the magnitude 7.8 ‘Kaikoura Earthquake’ occurred east of Hanmer Springs on New Zealand’s South Island. It has been described by GNS scientists as a complex rupture sequence with fault ruptures extending approximately 100km. The effects of the earthquake and its aftershocks are currently being investigated by engineers from Thornton Tomasetti’s Christchurch officeAn initial summary of the main damage is provided below:

Image courtesy USGS Shake Map MMI Contours

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