Ten years of battling New Zealand earthquakes

“A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck near Lyttelton at 12.51pm today. More than 100 fatalities have been reported so far, with thousands injured. Power and communications are down in many areas…”

This is an example of news that no one wants to hear. But after a 20-year lull in large, damaging earthquakes, New Zealand has been shaken with significant earthquakes in the past 10 years, rocking Kiwis to the core. 

Liam Wotherspoon began his academic earthquake engineering career in 2009, two years before the monumental Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011. In this talk he will discuss how the civil engineering sector is combatting a myriad of challenges and how design can be used to help improve the resilience of our country.  


Dr Liam Wotherspoon is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Auckland. He completed both his Bachelor of Engineering and PhD at the University of Auckland. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering and is involved in leadership teams for a number of national research programmes with a focus on improving New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazard events.

6:30pm @The Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Road, Auckland 1011

Also speaking at this location at 8:00pm is Sara Buttsworth.