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Media, disasters & the public – audio collection

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 17th, 2014.

Communicating vital information to the public during disasters is an essential, but sometimes daunting, responsibility for scientists and engineers. At the request of members of the natural hazards research community, the Science Media Centre hosted a workshop reflecting on challenges faced and lessons learned during recent major events, such as the Canterbury and Cook Strait quakes, the eruption of Mt […]

Greening the red zone in Christchurch

John Kerr posted in on July 19th, 2012.

Christchurch researchers have retrospectively analysed the Canterbury quakes from the perspective of urban forest management, highlighting the important role trees and greenspaces played during the earthquakes. In the research article, published this week in the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, researchers point out how rows trees acted as sheltering barricades against falling debris and […]

New quake research in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 2nd, 2011.

A swathe of newly published research on the Christchurch Quakes has revealed scientific insights into the tragic disaster. The international journal Seismological Research Letters published a special issue focusing solely on the Christchurch earth quakes. A total of 19 new research articles were included in the issue, covering a range of areas such as liquefaction, […]

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Earthquake commission hears from scientists

John Kerr posted in on October 19th, 2011.

Scientists spoke this week at the first of many hearings held by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canterbury Earthquakes. The Science Media Centre has drawn together the some of the media coverage so far. The commission’s inquiry will report on the causes of building failure as a result of the quakes and the […]

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