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Durham University

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience



Landslide computer modelling helps earthquake first responders

(28 March 2018)

Just hours after the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura earthquake hit New Zealand in 2016 research by Dr Tom Robinson, Department of Geography, was helping to inform the work of first responders in the area.

At the time of the earthquake Dr Robinson was collaborating with colleagues from the universities of Canterbury and Otago in New Zealand, to test a computer modelling approach to predict earthquake-related landslides.

When the earthquake struck, the team were able to use their modelling approach to generate information about where significant landslides might have blocked roads and rivers and share this information with first responders in New Zealand. The findings of their modelling approach are published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Read more here.