Story: Earthquakes

Earthquake-resistant building

Earthquake-resistant building

Wellington’s central police station has been constructed with a number of earthquake-resistant features. The exterior walls have X-shaped bracing that enables the building to move as a rigid body. The building rests on 24 flexible piles, isolating it from the ground, and it has lead dampers to reduce shaking.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Earthquakes - Building for earthquake resistance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017