Researcher Meeting

March 20, 2011 by  
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On Thursday, March 17, several members of the EERI team attended a second international researchers meeting. The event, which was attended by about 50 people, featured short presentations from a number of the international and local engineering teams. Mary Comerio represented EERI beautifully! #gallery-1...


A Break in the Wake of the Quake: Family Fun Day

March 20, 2011 by  
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Heather Taylor, a Ph.D. Student at Massey University, has spent the past several years studying children’s experiences with flood risk in Indonesia. When Christchurch was rocked by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake aftershock in February, she, like many other New Zealanders, wanted to help.  Heather, with...


“Grief is the Price We Pay for Love”: The National Christchurch Memorial Service

March 20, 2011 by  
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On Friday, March 18, 2011, the Province of Canterbury observed a public mourning holiday. Most shops and restaurants closed down, and tens of thousands of people attended a National Memorial Service in North Hagley Park in the heart of Christchurch.  People began flowing into the park early in the day....


Coming Out of the Cupboard: Social Media in the Christchurch Earthquake

Figure 1: Canta is the official magazine of the University of Canterbury Students Association By Lori Peek, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University March 15, 2011 Imagine for a moment that you recently traveled to a foreign country to study. You just arrived a few days ago. You are settling...


Social Disruption

March 16, 2011 by  
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On Wednesday evening, Anne Wein—native New Zealander and EERI social science team member—took Jeannette and I on a bit of a driving tour of some of the affected suburbs surrounding Christchurch. We of course could not access some of the most badly damaged areas, but the impacts we observed were sobering....


Youth Take the Lead

March 16, 2011 by  
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Today the social science team conducted two extraordinary interviews—the first was with Sam Johnson, the leader of the University of Canterbury Student Volunteer Army (SVA), and the second was with Tasha Pinkney, a first year student and SVA volunteer. The SVA first organized after the September 2010...


Classes Carry On

March 16, 2011 by  
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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...