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Post-quake building – lessons from Christchurch

John Kerr posted in on July 1st, 2011.

Following the release of a new information paper on earthquake engineering, the media have examined new challenges in building safe structures. The paper,  released this week by the Royal Society of New Zealand, was titled “The Canterbury earthquakes: Answers to critical questions about buildings”. The document represented input from several expert groups -the Royal Society […]

Experts answer quake queries

John Kerr posted in on June 29th, 2011.

In another ‘Ask the Experts’ section in the Press, geologists from GNS answer earthquake questions posed by readers of the newspaper. An excerpt (read in full here): Ask an Expert: Faultline fears and P-waves We have been told the potential size of an earthquake is proportionate to the length of the faultline that caused it. […]

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Why so many aftershocks?

John Kerr posted in on June 22nd, 2011.

As the land beneath Christchurch continues to shake due to ongoing aftershocks, residents are are seeking answers from the experts. In an ‘ask an expert’ article published today on the Press website, reader’s questions such as  “why so many aftershocks?”  are put to scientists from GNS. An excerpt (read the full article here): Ask an […]

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Earthquake risk in Christchurch

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2011.

Following Mondays two damaging aftershocks, Christchurch is starting — once more — the arduous task of clean up. But are they out of the woods yet? Seismologists have been working hard to keep the public informed of the current estimates for future shocks. Following Tuesday’s initial coverage, further reporting has explored the future risk of […]

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Christchurch hit by powerful aftershocks

John Kerr posted in on June 13th, 2011.

Christchurch was struck by two strong aftershocks this afternoon. Details of the severity and the extent of damage continue to emerge. Still recovering from the September and February earthquakes, Christchurch was struck by two strong aftershock earthquakes this afternoon. The first aftershock struck at 1pm. The magnitude 5.5 quake was centred at Taylor’s Mistake, a […]

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