Tagged: disaster

Engrossing, Compassionate Account of Pike River Disaster - Scibooks

SciBooks Mar 17, 2014

by Rod Hanson REVIEW The Tragedy at Pike River Mine – How and Why 29 Men Died by Rebecca Macfie Awa Press RRP: $40.00 The Pike River coal mine disaster which cost the lives of 29 men in November 2010 has been extensively researched and documented with great feeling and compassion for the families involved … Read More

The Alpine Fault: Is New Zealand Prepared? - Shaken Not Stirred

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 Zealand … Read More

Typhoon Haiyan: how does it compare? - Shaken Not Stirred

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

Could Wellington be Next? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jul 22, 2013

Recent Seismic Activity Beneath Cook Strait Over the past three days, earthquakes have been rattling central New Zealand, with the epicentres of many of the tremors between Seddon and Wellington. According to GNS, the largest earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5, and was located beneath Cook Strait at a … Read More

Alpine Fault 101: Getting acquainted with New Zealand’s greatest natural hazard - Shaken Not Stirred

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

Cruel Irony in EQC Privacy Breach: information on 83,000 claimants leaked - Shaken Not Stirred

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

Climate change complicit in scorching heat, bushfires, flooding and tornadoes of disastrous Australian summer - Shaken Not Stirred

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

Mount Tongariro eruption – sleeping giant awakens - Shaken Not Stirred

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

TOSP Episode 23: March 5th 2012 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Aimee Whitcroft Mar 06, 2012

Episode 23 of TOSP is _out_, yo! This week, aimee and Elf talk Mars, twisted radiowaves, a new livestock virus, the new number of neurons in a human brain (clue: it’s less than you might think), oxygen-generating biomaterial, SpeechJamming, meetings and IQ, using cellphone data following disasters, and the survival of the brightest. Read More