Learning from Earthquakes: First person reports

Classes Carry On

March 16, 2011 by
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Social Impacts

The University of Canterbury, New Zealand’s second oldest university, was hit hard in the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. Much of the campus is currently cordoned off and many offices and classrooms are inaccessible (http://ucquakemap.appspot.com/). University officials have provided frequent updates to students, faculty, and staff via the University website, Facebook, and email.

The EERI social science team—myself, Anne Wein, and Jeannette Sutton—toured the accessible areas of campus on Monday, March 14. The temporary tent classrooms are well equipped, although there are not nearly enough seats for all of the returning students. The University is thus currently pursuing a progressive re-start. First year students returned to classes on Monday.


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