New Zealand: Christchurch and Canterbury earthquakes 2010-2011


A strong earthquake in Canterbury, New Zealand, triggered a series of aftershocks, including an earthquake that resulted in multiple deaths in Christchurch.

Since the year 2000, only one city located in an advanced market economy has been severely impacted by an earthquake.
Risk Management Solutions
The CES is the world’s second-costliest insured earthquake loss in history and supports the New Zealand regulator’s 1-in-1,000-year capital requirement.
Risk Management Solutions
This study investigates land-use decision-making practices in Christchurch, New Zealand and the surrounding region in response to the mass movement (e.g., rockfall, cliff collapses) and ground surface fault rupture hazards incurred during the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence (CES). Rockfall fatality risk models combining hazard, exposure and vulnerability data were co-produced by earth scientists and decision-makers and formed primary evidence for risk-based land-use decision-making with adaptive capacity.
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, the
This research aimed to improve understanding of aftershock information needs for agencies and the public, and how people interpreted and responded to such information.
This is the report of findings of the formal and independent evaluation of the New Zealand Red Cross Earthquake Recovery Programme for greater Christchurch.
New Zealand Red Cross
Research into Earthquake Commission insurance pay-outs after the Canterbury earthquakes shows that insurance types and timing affected whether residential areas and businesses were able to recover. Cash payments contributed more to local recovery than the managed repair programme, while delayed insurance payments contributed less.
Resilience to Nature's Challenges
This paper measures the longer-term effect of a major earthquake on the local economy, using night-time light intensity measured from space, and investigate whether insurance claim payments for damaged residential property affected the local recovery process. It focuses on the destructive Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (CES) 2010-2011 in New Zealand as a case study.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
This report tallies the successes and failures of the recovery effort after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, with the aim of improving future preparedness and recovery initiatives. It provides a number of policy recommendations for disaster preparedness and post-disaster response.
New Zealand Initiative, The
A new report details the reconstruction of Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, following the 2010-11 earthquake series. The document examines the types of structural systems used during the reconstruction of the city, and some of the technical, sociological and political choices associated with those decisions.
University at Buffalo

This paper draws on a case study in Christchurch to identify insights, realities, possibilities and obstacles in relation to the involvement in disaster preparedness of children with diverse disabilities. It reports on findings from focus group