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Robert LangridgeEarthquake Geologist

Langridge Robert 2094



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  • PhD, Geological Sciences
  • MSc Hons, Earth Sciences
  • BSc, Earth Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Geology: Active fault studies
  • Geology: Paleoseismology
  • Geology: tectonic geomorphology
  • Geology: Structural and neotectonic analysis
  • Geology: Fault segmentation
  • Geology: Earthquake effects
  • Financial: Project Management
  • Geology: Graduate Student Advisor

Major Publications

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  • Vermeer, J.L.; Quigley, M.C.; Duffy, B.G.; Langridge, R.M.; Pettinga, J.R. 2021. Structure and kinematics of active faulting in the Hope-Kelly and Alpine Fault intersection zone, South Island, New Zealand, Tectonophysics 813: article 228928. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2021.228928. article 228928
  • Langridge, R.M.; Villamor, P.; Howarth, J.D.; Ries, W.F.; Clark, K.J.; Litchfield, N.J. 2021. Reconciling an early nineteenth-century rupture of the Alpine Fault at a section end, Toaroha River, Westland, New Zealand, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 111(1): p. 514-540. DOI: 10.1785/0120200116. p. 514-540
  • Howell, A.; Nissen, E.; Stahl, T.; Clark, K.J.; Kearse, J.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Villamor, P.; Langridge, R.M.; Jones, K.E. 2020. Three-dimensional surface displacements during the 2016 MW 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake (New Zealand) from photogrammetry-derived point clouds, Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth 125(1): e2019JB018739. DOI: 10.1029/2019JB018739. e2019JB018739
  • Diederichs, A.; Nissen, E.K.; Lajoie, L.J.; Langridge, R.M.; Malireddi, S.R.; Clark, K.J.; Hamling, I.J.; Tagliasacchi, A. 2019. Unusual kinematics of the Papatea fault (2016 Kaikoura earthquake) suggest anelastic rupture, Science Advances 5(10): article eaax5703. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aax5703. article eaax5703
  • Langridge, R.M.; Rowland, J.; Villamor, P.; Mountjoy, J.; Townsend, D.B.; Nissen, E.; Madugo, C.; Ries, W.F.; Gasston, C.; Canva, A.; Hatem, A.E.; Hamling, I.J. 2018. Coseismic rupture and preliminary slip estimates for the Papatea Fault and its role in the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): p. 1596-1622. DOI: 10.1785/0120170336. p. 1596-1622
  • Kearse, J.; Little, T.A.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Barnes, P.M.; Langridge, R.M.; Mountjoy, J.; Ries, W.F.; Villamor, P.; Clark, K.J.; Benson, A.; Lamarche, G.; Hill, M.P.; Hemphill-Haley, M. 2018. Onshore to offshore ground-surface and seabed rupture of the Jordan–Kekerengu–Needles fault network during the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, New Zealand, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108(3B): p. 1573-1595. DOI: 10.1785/0120170304. p. 1573-1595
  • Stirling, M.W.; Litchfield, N.J.; Villamor, P.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Nicol, A.; Pettinga, J.; Barnes, P.; Langridge, R.M.; Little, T.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Mountjoy, J.; Ries, W.F.; Rowland, J.; Fenton, C.; Hamling, I.J.; Asher, C.; Barrier, A.; Benson, A.; Bisc 2017. The Mw7.8 Kaikoura earthquake : surface fault rupture and seismic hazard context, Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 50(2): p. 73-84. DOI: 10.5459/bnzsee.50.2.73-84. p. 73-84
  • Langridge, R.M.; Ries, W.F.; Dolan, J.F.; Schermer, E.R.; Siddoway, C. 2017. Slip rate estimates and slip gradient for the Alpine Fault at Calf Paddock, Maruia River, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 60(2): p. 73-88. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2016.1275707. p. 73-88
  • Hamling, I.J.; Hreinsdottir, S.; Clark, K.J.; Elliot, J.; Liang, C.; Fielding, E.; Litchfield, N.J.; Villamor, P.; Wallace, L.M.; Wright, T.J.; D'Anastasio, E.; Bannister, S.; Burbidge, D.R.; Denys, P.; Gentle, P.; Howarth, J.D.; Mueller, C.; Palmer, N.G. 2017. Complex multifault rupture during the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, New Zealand, Science 356(6334): eaam7194. DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7194. eaam7194
  • Sutherland, R.; Townend, J.; Toy, V.G.; Upton, P.; Coussens, J.; Allen, M.; Baratin, L.-M.; Barth, N.; Becroft, L.; Boese, C.; Boles, A.; Boulton, C.; Broderick, N.G.R.; Janku-Capova, L.; Carpenter, B.M.; Célérier, B.; Chamberlain, C.; Cooper, A.; Coutts, 2017. Extreme hydrothermal conditions at an active plate-bounding fault, Nature 546: p. 137-140. DOI: 10.1038/nature22355. p. 137-140
  • Khajavi, N.; Langridge, R.M.; Quigley, M.C.; Smart, C.; Rezanejad, A.; Martin-Gonzalez, F. 2016. Late Holocene rupture behavior and earthquake chronology on the Hope fault, New Zealand, Geological Society of America Bulletin 128(11/12): p. 1736-1761. DOI: 10.1130/B31199.1. p. 1736-1761
  • Villamor, P.; Almond, P.; Tuttle, M.; Giona-Bucci, M.; Langridge, R.M.; Clark, K.J.; Ries, W.F.; Baston, S.; Eger, A.; Vandergoes, M.J.; Quigley, M.C.; Barker, P.R.; Martin, F.; Howarth, J.D. 2016. Liquefaction features produced by the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence in southwest Christchurch, New Zealand and preliminary assessment of paleoliquefaction features, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 106(4): p. 1747-1771. DOI: 10.1785/0120150223. p. 1747-1771
  • Langridge, R.M.; Ries, W.F.; Litchfield, N.J.; Villamor, P.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Rattenbury, M.S.; Heron, D.W.; Haubrock, S.N.; Townsend, D.B.; Lee, J.M.; Berryman, K.R.; Nicol, A.; Cox, S.C.; Stirling, M.W. 2016. The New Zealand Active Faults Database, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 59(1): p. 86-96. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2015.1112818. p. 86-96
  • Howarth, J.D.; Fitzsimons, S.J.; Norris, R.J.; Langridge, R.M.; Vandergoes, M.J. 2016. A 2000 yr rupture history for the Alpine Fault derived from Lake Ellery, South Island, New Zealand, Geological Society of America Bulletin 128(3/4): p. 627-643. DOI: 10.1130/B31300.1. p. 627-643
  • Zinke, R.; Dolan, J.F.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Grenader, J.R.; Rhodes, E.J.; McGuire, C.P.; Langridge, R.M.; Nicol, A.; Hatem, A.E. 2015. Evolution and progressive geomorphic manifestation of surface faulting : a comparison of the Wairau and Awatere faults, South Island, New Zealand, Geology 43(11): p. 1019-1022. DOI: 10.1130/G37065.1. p. 1019-1022
  • Christophersen, A.; Litchfield, N.J.; Berryman, K.R.; Thomas, R.; Basili, R.; Wallace, L.M.; Ries, W.F.; Hayes, G.P.; Haller, K.M.; Yoshioka, T.; Koehler, R.D.; Clark, D.; Wolfson-Schwehr, M.; Boettcher, M.S.; Villamor, P.; Horspool, N.A.; Ornthammarath, 2015. Development of the Global Earthquake Model's neotectonic fault database, Natural hazards 79(1): p. 111-135. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1831-6. p. 111-135
  • Biasi, G.P.; Langridge, R.M.; Berryman, K.R.; Clark, K.J.; Cochran, U.A. 2015. Maximum-likelihood recurrence parameters and conditional probability of a ground-rupturing earthquake on the southern Alpine Fault, South Island, New Zealand, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 105(1): p. 94-106. DOI: 10.1785/0120130259. p. 94-106
  • Langridge, R.M.; Ries, W.F.; Farrier, T.; Barth, N.C.; Khajavi, N.; De Pascale, G.P. 2014. Developing sub 5-m LiDAR DEMs for forested sections of the Alpine and Hope faults, South Island, New Zealand : implications for structural interpretations, Journal of Structural Geology 64: p. 53-66. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2013.11.007. p. 53-66
  • Litchfield, N.J.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Sutherland, R.; Barnes, P.M.; Cox, S.C.; Norris, R.; Beavan, R.J.; Langridge, R.M.; Villamor, P.; Berryman, K.R.; Stirling, M.W.; Nicol, A.; Nodder, S.; Lamarche, G.; Barrell, D.J.A.; Pettinga, J.R.; Little, T.; Pondard 2014. A model of active faulting in New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 57(1): p. 32-56. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2013.854256. p. 32-56
  • Khajavi, N.; Quigley, M.; Langridge, R.M. 2014. Influence of topography and basement depth on surface rupture morphology revealed from LiDAR and field mapping, Hope Fault, New Zealand, Tectonophysics 630: p. 265-284. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.05.032. p. 265-284
  • Langridge, R.M.; Almond, P.C.; Duncan, R.P. 2013. Timing of late Holocene paleoearthquakes on the Hurunui segment of the Hope fault : implications for plate boundary strain release through South Island, New Zealand, Geological Society of America Bulletin 125(5-6): p. 756-776. DOI: 10.1130/B30674.1. p. 756-776
  • Langridge, R.M.; Persaud, M.; Zuniga, F.R.; de Jesus Aguirre-Diaz, G.; Villamor, P.; Lacan, P. 2013. Preliminary paleoseismic results from the Pastores fault and its role in the seismic hazard of the Acambay graben, Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, Mexico, Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas 30(3): p. 463-481. p. 463-481
  • Sutherland, R.; Toy, V.G.; Townend, J.; Cox, S.C.; Eccles, J.D.; Faulkner, D.R.; Prior, D.J.; Norris, R.J.; Mariani, E.; Boulton, C.; Carpenter, B.M.; Menzies, C.D.; Little, T.A.; Hastings, M.; De Pascale, G.P.; Langridge, R.M.; Scott, H.R.; Lindroos, Z.R 2012. Drilling reveals fluid control on architecture and rupture of the Alpine fault, New Zealand, Geology 40(12): p. 1143-1146. DOI: 10.1130/G33614.1. p. 1143-1146
  • Stirling, M.W.; McVerry, G.H.; Gerstenberger, M.C.; Litchfield, N.J.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Berryman, K.R.; Barnes, P.; Wallace, L.M.; Villamor, P.; Langridge, R.M.; Lamarche, G.; Nodder, S.; Reyners, M.E.; Bradley, B.; Rhoades, D.A.; Smith, W.D.; Nicol, A.; 2012. National seismic hazard model for New Zealand : 2010 update, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 102(4): p. 1514-1542. DOI: 10.1785/0120110170. p. 1514-1542
  • Kaiser, A.E.; Holden, C.; Beavan, R.J.; Beetham, R.D.; Benites, R.A.; Celentano, A.; Collet, D.; Cousins, W.J.; Cubrinovski, M.; Dellow, G.D.; Denys, P.; Fielding, E.; Fry, B.; Gerstenberger, M.C.; Langridge, R.M.; Massey, C.I.; Motagh, M.; Pondard, N.; M 2012. The Mw 6.2 Christchurch Earthquake of February 2011 : preliminary report, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 55(1): p. 67-90. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2011.641182. p. 67-90
  • Wallace, L.M.; Barnes, P.; Beavan, R.J.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Litchfield, N.J.; Mountjoy, J.; Langridge, R.M.; Lamarche, G.; Pondard, N. 2012. The kinematics of a transition from subduction to strike-slip : an example from the central New Zealand plate boundary, Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth 117(2): B02405. DOI: 10.1029/2011JB008640. B02405
  • Berryman, K.R.; Cochran, U.A.; Clark, K.J.; Biasi, G.P.; Langridge, R.M.; Villamor, P. 2012. Major earthquakes occur regularly on an isolated plate boundary fault, Science 336: p. 1690-1693. DOI: 10.1126/science.1218959. p. 1690-1693
  • Barth, N.C.; Toy, V.G.; Langridge, R.M.; Norris, R.J. 2012. Scale dependence of oblique plate-boundary partitioning : New insights from LiDAR, central Alpine fault, New Zealand, Lithosphere 4(5): p. 435-448. DOI: 10.1130/L201.1. p. 435-448
  • Rhoades, D.A.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Langridge, R.M.; Little, T.A.; Ninis, D.; Smith, E.G.C.; Robinson, R. 2011. Re-evaluation of conditional probability of rupture of the Wellington-Hutt Valley segment of the Wellington Fault, Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering 44(2): p. 77-86. DOI: 10.5459/bnzsee.44.2.77-86. p. 77-86
  • Langridge, R.M.; Van Dissen, R.J.; Rhoades, D.A.; Villamor, P.; Little, T.; Litchfield, N.J.; Clark, K.J.; Clark, D. 2011. Five thousand years of surface ruptures on the Wellington Fault, New Zealand : implications for recurrence and fault segmentation, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 101(5): p. 2088-2107. DOI: 10.1785/0120100340. p. 2088-2107
  • Langridge, R.M.; Villamor, P.; Basili, R.; Almond, P.; Martinez-Diaz, J.J.; Canora, C. 2010. Revised slip rates for the Alpine Fault at Inchbonnie : implications for plate boundary kinematics of South Island, New Zealand, Lithosphere 2(3): p. 139-152. DOI: 10.1130/L88.1. p. 139-152
  • Rockwell, T.; Ragona, D.; Seitz, G.; Langridge, R.M.; Aksoy, M.E.; Ucarkus, G.; Ferry, M.; Meltzner, A.J.; Klinger, Y.; Meghraoui, M.; Satir, D.; Barka, A.; Akbalik, B. 2009. Palaeoseismology of the North Anatolian Fault near the Marmara Sea : implications for fault segmentation and seismic hazard, Palaeoseismology : historical and prehistorical records of earthquake ground effects for seismic hazard assessment : p. 31-54. p. 31-54
  • Langridge, R.M.; Berryman, K.R.; Van Dissen, R.J. 2005. Defining the geometric segmentation and Holocene slip rate of the Wellington Fault, New Zealand : the Pahiatua section, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 48(4): p. 591-607. DOI: 10.1080/00288306.2005.9515136. p. 591-607
  • Langridge, R.M.; Berryman, K.R. 2005. Morphology and slip rates of the Hurunui section of the Hope Fault, South Island, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics 48(1): p. 43-57. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences contribution 3298 p. 43-57
  • Langridge, R.M.; Campbell, J.; Hill, N.L.; Pere, V.; Pope, J.; Pettinga, J.; Estrada, B.; Berryman, K.R. 2003. Paleoseismology and slip rate of the Conway Segment of the Hope Fault at Greenburn Stream, South Island, New Zealand, Annals of Geophysics 46(5): p. 1119-1139. p. 1119-1139
  • Barka, A.; Akyuz, H.S.; Altunel, E.; Sunal, G.; Cakir, Z.; Dikbas, A.; Yerli, B.; Armijo, R.; Meyer, B.; de Chabalier, J.B.; Rockwell, T.; Dolan, J.R.; Hartleb, R.; Dawson, T.; Christofferson, S.; Tucker, A.; Fumal, T.; Langridge, R.M.; Stenner, H.; Letti 2002. The surface rupture and slip distribution of the 17 August 1999 Izmit earthquake (M 7.4), North Anatolian Fault, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 92(1): p. 43-60. p. 43-60
  • Langridge, R.M.; Stenner, H.D.; Fumal, T.E.; Christofferson, S.A.; Rockwell, T.K.; Hartleb, R.D.; Bachhuber, J.; Barka, A.A. 2002. Geometry, slip distribution, and kinematics of surface rupture on the Sakarya Fault Segment during the 17 August 1999 Izmit, Turkey, earthquake, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 92(1): p. 107-125. p. 107-125
  • Langridge, R.M.; Weldon, R.J.; Moya, J.C.; Suarez, G. 2000. Paleoseismology of the 1912 Acambay earthquake and the Acambay-Tixmadeje fault, Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth 105(B2): p. 3019-3037. p. 3019-3037


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