The February 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake was highly destructive, causing a number of buildings to collapse and killing many people. We examined the properties of strong ground motions in this earthquake using the records released by GeoNet (http://www.geonet.org.nz/). We also investigated the damage around the seismic stations to determine the relationship between structural damage and strong ground motions.

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The locations of the seismic stations in our study are shown in Figure 1. Accelerograms and the elastic acceleration response spectra, with a damping factor of 0.05 in the maximum horizontal direction, are shown in Figures 2 and...

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