Tagged: disaster

E for Effort: The EQC Report Card (Part 2) - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Aug 30, 2011

eqc.govt.nz How Has the EQC Performed Following the Canterbury Earthquakes? How would the EQC cope, when faced with the monumental task of managing nearly 400,000 claims from two major events in close succession? That was always going to be a tall order. Nearly one year on from the Greendale fault rupture, what can we say about the EQCs performance? Unsurprisingly, … Read More

E for Effort: The EQC Report Card (Part 1) - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Aug 30, 2011

MARTIN DE RUYTER/The Nelson Mail Perhaps it’s a good time to give the EQC a preliminary grade on their performance following the Canterbury earthquakes. After all, New Zealand homeowners pay EQC premiums every year to help ensure that our communities are able to recover from natural disasters. So, has the EQC met the expectations of the public that they serve? … Read More

Christchurch no More Risky than Wellington. But Does That Make a Good News Story? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jun 01, 2011

Wellington Faults. Source: GNS Science CERA Meeting Scares Media Some media outlets have put a rather negative spin on GNS Science’s most recent earthquake forecast for the central Canterbury region, which was discussed at a recent meeting of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). GNS’s latest forecasting model estimates the probability of a “large” (magnitude 6.0 to 6.9) event occurring … Read More

Canterbury Earthquake Update: Aftershocks ‘exactly what we expected’ - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 27, 2011

Source: The Press In a recent Press Opinion piece, earthquake and tectonic expert Dr. Kevin Furlong explained the distribution of aftershocks following the Darfield earthquake, and why we shouldn’t be surprised by what we have learned, and felt, so far. His article can be viewed by clicking the following link:  Dr Furlong, Opinion piece. Kevin Furlong is a Professor of Geosciences at Penn … Read More

Queensland Flooding: “Australia’s Worst Natural Disaster” - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 12, 2011

Flash Flooding in Toowoomba. Source: Reuters   Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard have called the recent flooding in Queensland the “worst natural disaster in our history”. Three-quarters of the state of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone (source: Brisbane times). Flooding has affected over 200,000 people in the Fitzroy, Burnett, Condamine, Mary and Brisbane … Read More

Flooding, Landslides Force Millions out of Their Homes - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Dec 21, 2010

Can We Blame Climate Change for Flooding in Venezuela & Colombia? In recent weeks, the wettest rainy season in over 40 years has battered Colombia and Venezuela, with flooding and landslides claiming over 200 lives, forcing millions of people from their homes and inundating valuable agricultural crops. Over 1.6 million (nearly 4% of Colombia total population of 45 million) people … Read More

Boulevard of Broken Dreams — Kaiapoi, PtII - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 12, 2010

The Story of Kaiapoi (Continued) Photo: Jesse Dykstra On one particularly hard-hit Kaiapoi street, I spoke to a resident who expressed an increasingly sense of helplessness as aftershocks continued to tear his home apart. His family feared that they would be unable to live in their home for much longer.  Others in the neighborhood spoke of frustration that they had not yet received any … Read More

Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Kaiapoi, PtI - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 08, 2010

Not a Memory Yet Photo: Jesse Dykstra It has now been over 4 weeks since the Darfield earthquake rocked Canterbury, yet aftershocks continue to terrorize the region. Monday night, a magnitude 5 aftershock (the largest since Sept 8th) rattled Christchurch, and early this morning a magnitude 4.4 rumble served notice that the Greendale fault has not yet finished … Read More

What’s With Those Aftershocks?! - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Sep 08, 2010

8 Sept. 2010, 07:49, M 5.1 Aftershock, Ground Shaking Intensity. Source: GNS At 7:49 am this morning, Christchurch and western Banks Peninsula were hammered by a particularly vicious aftershock. This latest tremor had a magnitude of  ‘only’ 5.1, but was centered just a few kilometers from Christchurch, at a very shallow depth of only 6km. As can be seen from … Read More