First technical reports on quake land completed

10:54 am on 2 February 2011

People living in some of the areas worst affected by last year's Canterbury earthquake are a step closer to rebuilding their homes.

The Earthquake Commission has completed the first set of technical reports on how the ground was damaged in seven suburbs, giving engineers the information they need to start repairing the land.

The reports are the result of an in-depth geotechnical investigation, which included bore holes, soil testing and seismic studies.

The Earthquake Commission says they will save homeowners time and money, because they'll be able to use the reports to get consent from insurance companies and the council to start fixing their homes.

The reports are available on the Commission's website.