Although short-lived, earthquakes are the most menacing and feared of natural hazards because of their sudden impact and devastation. Widespread loss of life and property can occur within seconds. Most large earthquakes are caused by movement on a fault. An area’s vulnerability to seismic hazards can be readily identified based on a number of local conditions, such as liquefaction potential, ground shaking amplification, instability, and distance from a fault. There are a number of actions that can help to mitigate an area’s vulnerability to a damage-causing quake, these include land-use planning, building design, response and recovery plans, and community awareness.

How Natural Hazards New Zealand can help:

Any earthquake plan first begins with an accurate assessment of the hazard and risk your region faces. For this, Natural Hazards New Zealand can undertake microzonation and hazard vulnerability studies; damage and loss assessment modelling; and economic impact studies. When your region’s earthquake hazard and risk has been assessed, we at the Natural Hazards New Zealand (NHNZ) cluster know that good emergency response planning; land-use planning; building design; and community awareness can reduce earthquake impacts. As you will see from our earthquake-related projects below, we’re already employed around the globe with this type of planning and preparedness, including several World Bank, Asia Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, NZAid and AusAID-funded initiatives. If your region does not have earthquake plans in place, or your plans need upgrading, we would like to help.

Click here to view some NHNZ earthquake projects

Natural Hazards Inc. members and their key experts with experience on earthquake:

Concrete Structure Investigations Ltd


Disaster Prepare Limited

GNS Science

Kestrel Group Ltd

Massey University/GNS Science - Joint Centre for Disaster Research

Robinson Seismic Ltd

Seismic Restraints Limited

URS New Zealand Ltd