Cars crushed, stranded, and recovered. Anne Wein, U.S. Geological Survey

March 21, 2011 by  
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Cascading facades crushed cars, some with occupants unfortunately. Three to four weeks after the February 22 earthquake car owners are gathering at the edge of the CBD, presenting keys, identification, and proof of ownership to police who will retrieve cars from parking structures. At the same time,...


Calling on Social Scientists to Inform Recovery Decisions. Anne Wein, U.S. Geological Survey

March 21, 2011 by  
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Central government is calling on social scientists to inform recovery decisions. On March 15, David Johnston, director Sarah Beaven and Tom Wilson met with Lori Peek, Jeanette Sutton, Anne Wein, and a visiting geographer in the EOC. David shared the questions that are being asked of social scientists....


“Switch” on to Business Resilience, Anne Wein, U.S. Geological Survey

March 17, 2011 by  
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Businesses in the CBD have been closed for a couple of weeks and will be for months and years. A staged and controlled re-entry process was set up to allow property and building owners to retrieve critical items (e.g. computers and business essentials) from safe (yellow and green placarded) buildings....


Moratorium on Social Science Research, Anne Wein, U.S. Geological Survey

March 16, 2011 by  
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Due to the state of emergency in Christchurch, the National Controller placed a moratorium on social science research until May 1, 2011 to funnel resources towards the overwhelming response needs and to protect the victims. Enquiries were made about the activities of the social scientist traveling with...


Condolences to Christchurch, Anne Wein, U.S. Geological Survey

March 16, 2011 by  
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Christchurch is my hometown. It was beyond my imagination to one day to be “Learning from Earthquakes” with the EERI team in Christchurch. Growing up here in the 60-80s, I heard about the flood risk, but was unaware of the earthquake risk in Christchurch and certainly had no comprehension of liquefaction...