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.

Christchurch City council HQ by Flickr user lemoncat1, Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0,
Information manager Gavin Till outlines IT measures taken during and after the February earthquakes: 'They’ve made us rethink quite a few things,' he says. 'As an organisation we have rules and processes, but we are now making risk-based decisions on the fly with a focus on outcomes.'...
Computerworld, Fairfax Media Business Group
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Despite the US and Japan having the highest economic exposure to natural hazards, it is the emerging economies of China, India, Philippines and Indonesia, which pose the most risk to investors due to a lack of capacity to combat the impacts of a major disaster...
Verisk Maplecroft
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New Zealand's level of preparedness has improved following the September and February earthquakes. 'The Christchurch earthquakes have prompted more people to prepare for natural disasters,' Civil Defence Minister Craig Foss says...
Otago Daily Times, Allied Press Limited
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The 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is launched in at the Third Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, where an objective is to endorse a 'roadmap' for development of a regional policy framework for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation....
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
This article summarises diagrams which are used to discuss the key elements of disaster risk management (DRM). These include the Disaster Risk Management Cycle (DRMC), and the Effective Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram. The DRMC outlines the key initiatives carried out both in the Emergency Response and the Recovery Stages of a disaster; the effective DRR diagram suggests that there are five complementary factors which constitute DRR, one of these being DRM initiatives. The paper also includes a DRM planning diagram, which illustrates how government DRM plans, particularly at lowest levels, are complemented by NGO community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) initiatives.
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Pamela Boykoff from CNN looks at the economic impact of natural hazards further to data released by Statistics New Zealand that reveal an 0.8% increase in the economy during the quarter in which the Christchurch earthquake hit this year. She highlights a report by the World Bank on the subject...
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