Today a fact sheet on the Canterbury Earthquakes was released by a cadre of scientific and technical organisations in New Zealand. The fact sheet is meant to clarify terms and issues around building performance in earthquakes.
The professional organisations are IPENZ, SESOC, the New Zealand Geotechnical Society Inc, New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering and the Royal Society of New Zealand.
The fact sheet discusses some of the technical details of the design codes and the current review.
IPENZ answers critical questions about buildings (pdf 720 kb)
This fact sheet along with others detailing liquefaction and other earthquake-related issues can be found at the IPENZ website.