Post-quake Inspections Mislead Building Occupants in Christchurch, New Zealand

October 11, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Social Impacts

The Canterbury Television building was subjected the 7.0 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch, New Zealand in September 2010. The following magnitude 6.1 earthquake in February 2011 caused the building to collapse and resulted in the deaths of 115 people. An earthquake reconnaissance team inspected...


4 WEEKS ON : PRELIMINARY RECONNAISSANCE REPORT FROM THE CHRISTCHURCH 22 FEB 2011 6.3MW EARTHQUAKE

4 Weeks on : Preliminary Reconnaissance REPORT FROM THE CHRISTCHURCH 22 Feb 2011 6.3Mw Earthquake Weng Y Kam[1] , Umut Akguzel[2] , Stefano Pampanin[3] Download the full report (with figures) here. **re-posted from the NZSEE Clearinghouse website. 1         Introduction 1.1      Note This...


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....


Competing information, complementary information, coordinating information

March 17, 2011 by  
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The use of social media in disaster is often described as “drinking from a fire hose.” For those tuned in to social media , who monitor information flowing freely from citizen reporters on the disaster-affected streets, there is often so much information flowing that it is incredibly difficult to...


Toilet Inequality

March 17, 2011 by  
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It’s a stinky subject to write about, but there is toilet inequality in disaster response and recovery. Here in Christchurch, the sewerage system has been inoperable for varying periods of time depending upon the location you live. This has meant that many Cantaburians have been reliant on port-a-loos...


Raw, Real, and Open: UCSA Communications

March 17, 2011 by  
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The University of Canterbury Student Association has a clear strategy for online communications with their students at the Uni: honest, unfiltered, and raw. “Facebook is designed to be conversational,” explained their student services manager, Steve Jukes, “we want bad press as well as good press...


Social Media and Christchurch Emergency Communication

March 17, 2011 by  
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During the September 4, 2010 earthquake, the Christchurch City Council had no use of, or strategy to implement social media into their risk and crisis communications plan. Thoughtful observers who also endured that harrowing event found that local community members were turning to online social networks...


Crisis Camp New Zealand

March 17, 2011 by  
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Over the past two years we have witnessed a surge of online activism as technology volunteers, hackers and geeks donate their time, skills, and expertise to the disaster response cause. Armed with a “digital pick axe” these international volunteers work selflessly to monitor social media, crowdsource...


“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...


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