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

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

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...


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  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Social Impacts

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...


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