University of Auckland Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research


Tsunami

Tsunami are water waves generated by the displacement of a large body of water caused by underwater volcanic eruptions, landslides and earthquakes.

Tsunami effects on coastal infrastructure


B Melville

This project focuses on the resilience of structures to tsunami in New Zealand.

Tsunami are defined as water waves generated by the displacement of a large body of water caused by volcanic eruptions, underwater landslides and earthquakes. New Zealand is vulnerable to tsunami damage because of its long coastline, and because 80% of all tsunamis occur in the Pacific Ocean.

The design of tsunami-resilient structures for NZ conditions will be addressed in this project, which is a continuation of existing research funded by the Platform. In the initial phase of the project, a laboratory model testing facility was established, which enables measurements of the impact of tsunami on typical existing coastal infrastructure.

The results will in the future contribute to the development of design guidelines of tsunami resilient infrastructure.