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Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience

All Future Events

Special Extra Seminar - Tested: 2 years –- 10,000 aftershocks in Christchurch, New Zealand

1st November 2012, 15:00 to 17:00, Seminar Room 010, Dept of Geography, Dr Thomas Wilson and Chris Hawker, University of Canterbury

Dr Wilson will share the story of the seismic events, how they impacted the City and what the future might hold for the “New Christchurch”. This will include analysis of the role and limitations of what information geoscience can reasonably provide in hazard and disaster management; lessons from responding, managing and adapting to the repeated and cumulative impact from a sustained period of seismicity which has created a haze of uncertainty and on-going delays across engineering, social, political and land use decision making; addresses how do we create a resilient Christchurch in a multi-hazard environment; and discussion of how New Zealand is grappling with rising societal expectation of what is "acceptable disaster losses", including post-event functionality.

Chris Hawker will share the story of the University of Canterbury as the largest single community in Christchurch, talk about the University’s preparedness, response to the earthquakes, support for the wider community, and what the future might hold along their road to recovery.

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