School of Architecture

Earthquake Hazard Centre

earthquake hazard centre

The Earthquake Hazard Centre (EHC) is a research and information network which disseminates earthquake-resistant design and construction information with a focus upon the needs of Developing Countries.

The EHC seeks to share basic earthquake engineering knowledge and research findings that may be known and applied in some countries, with professionals within the building industry who are working in construction-related fields in Developing Countries. The EHC aims to provide information which is relevant and appropriate to the limited resources available in communities where this information is most needed.

A quarterly newsletter (available through the web site) is the sole publication of the Centre. The first issue was published in July 1997. The newsletter contains research findings, news and information to improve earthquake-resistant design and construction practice. By networking internationally with as many relevant institutions as possible, the EHC provides up-to-date and technologically appropriate information, encouraging improvements to the earthquake performance of the built environment within Developing Countries.

Current Newsletter

July—EHC Newsletter

(2 MB PDF File)


  • Editorial
  • Virtual site visit no. 42
  • How safe is my house?
  • Building damage from Kumamoto earthquake, Japan
  • Performance of RC frame structures with brick infill, Nepal

Contact the Earthquake Hazard Centre (EHC)


Faculty of Architecture and Design
139 Vivian Street, Te Aro
New Zealand
Telephone: +64-4-463-6200
Fax:   +64-4-463-6204

Postal address

Earthquake Hazard Centre (EHC)
School of Architecture
PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand