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John McClure: Future shock – nine lessons from Canterbury

Peter Griffin posted in on March 8th, 2011.

Victoria University’s Proffessor John McClure writes in the Sunday Star Times about the lack of preparation of many for a large earthquake. An excerpt: (read in full here) “People say we can’t afford to prepare for earthquakes, but the economic costs of not preparing are much greater, as are the personal and social costs. No […]

Dom Post: ‘Unrealistic optimism’ bounces back

Peter Griffin posted in on September 15th, 2010.

Marty Sharpe writes in the Dominion Post that, for at least some of the people who experienced the Christchurch earthquake, it could take as little as 3 months to return to a state of ‘unrealistic optimism’. ‘Unrealistic optimisim’ is defined as people being unreasonably optimistic about their chances of experiencing a natural disaster, and while […]

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