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Infrastructure damage in Christchurch after a distant source tsunami


This research assesses the potential impacts to Christchurch city infrastructure from a 'worst case' 2500-year return period South American tsunami scenario. Tsunami hazard and exposure information was used to identify asset vulnerability and impacts, and develop a tsunami impact model.

The research findings suggest damage is likely to occur to exposed infrastructure in this scenario, with significant damage to low elevation roads and bridges.


Emergency management relevance

This research assesses potential tsunami impacts to infrastructure in Christchurch, which can be used to help develop tsunami risk management and response plans.


Additional information

Authors: James Williams

Date: 2016

Funders: Environment Canterbury

Format: Master of Science thesis - University of Canterbury

Reference: Williams, J. H. (2016). Impact assessment of a far-field tsunami scenario on Christchurch city infrastructure: A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Hazard and Disaster Management at the University of Canterbury, Department of Geological Sciences, New Zealand