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Ellen Rathje in New Zealand

Senior Research Scientist Ellen Rathje stands next to evidence of the recent Kaikoura earthquake.

Rathje Helps Document Effects of Kaikoura Earthquake

Ellen Rathje, Senior Research Scientist at the BEG and Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, travelled to New Zealand to investigate the geologic and geotechnical effects of the 14 November 2016, M 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake.  As part of a reconnaissance team funded by the National Science Foundation through the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association (, Dr. Rathje helped document large-scale, deep-seated landslides and earthquake fault rupture, as well as the interaction between the two.   The data collected by the reconnaissance team will help researchers better evaluate the potential for earthquake-induced landslide hazards.