Archive: Shaken Not Stirred September 2010

The Alpine Fault: Is New Zealand Prepared? (Post 1 of 2)

Jesse Dykstra Nov 20, 2013

The central section of the Alpine Fault (Source: wiki.gns.cri.nz) This post is the first of two articles which explore the potential impacts of the next great earthquake on the Alpine Fault, and consider how prepared New Zealand is for that event.  This builds on a previous post which describes the physical properties of the Alpine Fault in more detail. Improved Understanding of Earthquake Hazards in New … Read More

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Typhoon Haiyan: how does it compare?

Jesse Dykstra Nov 13, 2013

(note dates as of 8 Nov. 2013)   The Guardians’ Ami Sedghi has written a nice blog comparing Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastating damage and loss of life in the Philippines over recent days, to historical tropical storms;  Haiyan has been widely reported in the media as one of the largest tropical storms in history. Ami has also clarified the use … Read More

Alpine Fault 101: Getting acquainted with New Zealand’s greatest natural hazard

Jesse Dykstra May 28, 2013

Modeled Earthquake Shaking Intensities for New Zealand. Zone of maximum shaking along Alpine Fault indicated by red band.Source: http://blog.teara.govt.nz The Alpine Fault will rupture in the near future (quite possibly in your lifetime), without any prior warning. When it does, the scale of the immediate disaster will be unprecedented in New Zealand, and secondary effects will probably continue … Read More

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Cruel Irony in EQC Privacy Breach: information on 83,000 claimants leaked

Jesse Dykstra Mar 27, 2013

As widely reported in the media yesterday, details of EQC claimants and claims have been leaked in a privacy breach that effects 83,000 Christchurch households. That’s details of every claim between $10-100k, arising from the 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes. The leaked spreadsheet included details of EQC repair cost estimates and associated contractor quotes. If this information … Read More

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Climate change complicit in scorching heat, bushfires, flooding and tornadoes of disastrous Australian summer

Jesse Dykstra Jan 29, 2013

From a natural disaster perspective, Australia is having a much worse year than New Zealand, despite our apparent penchant for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding, and the occasional crippling winter storm on this side of the ditch. To date, the Insurance Council of Australia has officially declared three natural disasters in 2013 (the Tasmanian bush fires, New South Wales … Read More

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Spectacular Footage of Yesterday’s Tongariro Eruption – Risk Remains High

Jesse Dykstra Nov 22, 2012

Mount Tongariro Eruption. Source: TVNZ A Geonet webcam at Mt. Tongariro has captured spectacular footage of yesterday’s eruption, which lasted approximately 5 minutes, ejecting an ash column and plume some 3-4 km above the Te Maari crater. There have not been any reports of injuries or damage, beyond a light dusting of ash falling near the volcano. The … Read More

Mount Tongariro eruption – sleeping giant awakens

Jesse Dykstra Aug 07, 2012

Seismic signature of Tongariro eruption. GeoNet Last night Mount Tongariro burst into life, erupting for the first time in over 100 years. The eruption raised the Geonet volcanic alert from level 1 to 2, with an accompanying aviation colour code of red. The Tongariro alert level had been upped to level 1 on 20th of July 2012, due to … Read More

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Flooding and Landslides Pummel the top of the South Island

Jesse Dykstra Dec 15, 2011

Tourists stranded by floodwaters in Nelson. Source: The Nelson Mail Rain-laden clouds from the north Tasman sea settled over the top of the south island several days ago, and have been drenching the Nelson and Golden Bay regions ever since. Extreme rainfall has been recorded in Takaka, Richmond and Nelson, with the Kotinga gauge at Takaka recordind an unprecedented 423mm … Read More

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Flooded Hard-Drives and Hondas: Economic Implications of Thailands’ Latest Natural Disaster

Jesse Dykstra Oct 28, 2011

Flooding in Thailand Source: thesun.co.uk Global Economic Hub Thailand is a global manufacturing hub, and a leading exporter of automobiles, electronics, textiles, clothing and food. Exports of goods and services accounting for approximately 70% of Thailands’ GDP in 2010. Tourism has largely recovered following the Indian Ocean tsunami (which claimed more the 5000 lives in Thailand), accounting … Read More

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