Tagged: earthquake

“Science on trial” highlighted poor communication - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 05, 2016

Convicting scientists for manslaughter following the L’Aquila earthquake wasn’t “science on trial” but a failing of communication, one of the seismologists says. Giulio Selvaggi spent nearly a year of his life in an Italian courtroom as he and five other scientists were tried for the manslaughter of 33 victims of the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake. Their eventual conviction had a chilling … Read More

Unreinforced Masonry - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Aug 12, 2015

If there's any low-hanging fruit in quake-strengthening, it's unreinforced masonry facades, parapets, and chimneys. They tend to fall outwards from buildings onto passers by. Tieing them back can be pretty cheap relative to other earthquake strengthening. And, there's a much stronger market failure case for addressing parts of buildings that will fall on top of passers-by than those that will … Read More

Oh Christchurch, revisited - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 17, 2014

My chapter on the failures in the Christchurch rebuild is up at Public Address.I'll be speaking on it at a lunchtime panel tomorrow in Wellington. Perhaps I'll see you there.From my chapter:If we learn anything from the intersection of the work of Jane Jacobs and of Ed Glaeser, it’s that cities are organic. The best parts of cities … Read More

Meatball surgery and disaster recovery - The Dismal Science

Seamus Hogan Apr 11, 2014

I love the description of “meatball surgery” in M*A*S*H (the original book, not the saccharine sit-com that came two degrees of separation later). To quote Hawkeye Pierce:We are not concerned with the ultimate reconstruction of the patient. We are concerned only with getting the kid out of here alive enough for someone else to reconstruct him. Up to a … Read More

Sea level rise, earthquakes, and flying PIGs - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 16, 2014

The first major study to look at the impact of sea level rise on Christchurch and Banks Peninsula following the 2010/11 earthquake sequence projects a watery future for many parts of the city and its surrounding shorelines. The image above1 shows changes in ground elevation between 2003 and 2011 in the Christchurch region. Areas in […] … Read More