Tagged: earthquakes

Red Zone: Property rights are human rights - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 07, 2016

New Zealand’s Human Rights Commission says that property rights need to be protected in the Bill of Rights. I couldn’t agree more enthusiastically. The report is about what the government did to people in Christchurch’s Red Zone. The land around the Avon River was a mess after the quakes. The government decided that the simplest thing … Read More

Disaster recovery is local - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 04, 2016

There are a lot of lessons from Hurricane Matthew that New Zealand might have found useful in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes.  Vero de Rugy has a great summary of Virgil Storr’s work for the Mercatus Centre on hurricane recovery in New Orleans. Take a recent investigation by PBS’ “Frontline” and NPR into flood insurance and aid … Read More

Humans can make rockfalls from earthquakes more dangerous - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 18, 2016

Mark Quigley, University of Melbourne and Josh Borella, University of Canterbury Earthquakes (including the tsunamis they generate) are Earth’s most fatal natural hazard, accounting for approximately 55% of the more than 1.35 million disaster deaths in the last two decades. The US Geological Survey predicts that more than 2.5 million people will die from … Read More

Does a planet need plate tectonics to develop life? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 29, 2016

By Craig O’Neill Plate tectonics may be a phase in the evolution of planets that has implications for the habitability of exoplanets, according to new research published this month in the journal Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors. Two of the things that make Earth unique in our solar system are that it has plate tectonics – … Read More

Five years on – scientists reflect on the Christchurch quake - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Feb 22, 2016

Five years after the biggest disaster in modern New Zealand, experts who were involved in communicating the science of the quakes share their experiences and thoughts. At 12:51pm on the 22nd of February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the city of Christchurch. The disaster killed 185 people and caused billions of dollars of damage. Read More

The Political and Legal Risks of Being a Scientist - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 23, 2012

Fighting for funding and tenure, dealing with publish or perish, the life of a scientist can be a trying one. And now it looks like we need to add to this list the risk of being prosecuted in the courts by those who take exception to a scientist’s findings. Climate scientist Michael Mann has been attacked using the US … Read More

GNS on quake communication – we can do better - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 23, 2012

The convictions of the Italian scientists of manslaughter has more relevance here in New Zealand than you might think. In the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes, the scientific community and GNS Science in particular came in for scrutiny over how effectively it communicated the risk of earthquake activity in the lead up to September 2010, prior to the devastating February … Read More