Earthquake engineering in Australia

Before Meckering and after Newcastle

  • Charles Bubb Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, Melbourne, Australia


Earthquake Engineering in Australia, as elsewhere, has been formatted in the aftermath of damaging earthquakes. The first Australian Code AS2121-1979 was written and published after the 1968 Meckering WA earthquake. The second AS1170.4 1993 was published after the 1989 Newcastle NSW earthquake. Good quality Building Codes are a necessary basis for sound earthquake resistant designs. Both implementation and enforcement of the codes and sound robust construction in the field are essential for the protection of life and infrastructure. Also essential is the preservation and upgrading of the earthquake database. A study to assist the safer operation of emergency services immediately following damaging earthquakes is proposed.


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How to Cite
Bubb, C. (1999). Earthquake engineering in Australia. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 32(1), 13-20.