Tagged: disaster

What are the possible psychological effects of being stuck in that cave? - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Jul 06, 2018

I was asked by the Science Media Centre for NZ to provide some commentary of the possible psychological and physiological consequences of being stuck in a cave (for an extended period of time). With reference to the situation in Thailand, this is clearly a rapidly evolving situation and decisions are being taken on the … Read More

Children aren’t liabilities in disasters – they can help, if we let them - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 10, 2018

Christine Eriksen, University of Wollongong; Avianto Amri, Macquarie University; Briony Towers, RMIT University; Emma Calgaro, University of Sydney; John Richardson, University of Melbourne; Katharine Haynes, Macquarie University, and Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original … Read More

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