Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

National’s Andrew Bayly is incompetent about earthquakes.

Written By: - Date published: 10:09 am, January 4th, 2023 - 23 comments

This morning a estimated 5.1 earthquake close to Te Aroha shook Hamilton, Tauranga, Auckland and Rotorua a region of half of our population. Only a day earlier National’s number 3 14 stupidly criticised a programme designed to diminish the risks in earthquakes. As usual National has no policy on dealing with earthquake risks that I can see. National simply aren’t ready for government.

Indonesia

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, September 30th, 2018 - 7 comments

Some reporting from the space between an emergency landing and a response happening.

Rewarding incompetence with a 4th term?

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, November 20th, 2016 - 76 comments

Disaster response is about more than showing up for photos and cancelling a trip or two. National has made a mess of Christchurch and comprehensively failed to learn its lessons. They should in no way be rewarded with a 4th term.

Move the capital?

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, November 18th, 2016 - 116 comments

Recent events have highlighted Wellington’s geographical vulnerabilities. There is some chatter about the possibility of moving the capital.

Nats politicising earthquake response

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, November 18th, 2016 - 74 comments

Oh look, National are nakedly politicising government earthquake response.

Quakes – Day 3

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, November 16th, 2016 - 75 comments

For discussing the quakes and the aftermath. Current updates. Includes comments from Geonet Director Dr Ken Gledhill.

Te Ikaroa – Seismic Testing Presents Significant Risk To East Coast

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 pm, November 15th, 2016 - 64 comments

“Seismic blasting, every 10 seconds, 24hrs a day from now until next May” Time to step up again and protect our environment.

Quakes and other emergencies

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, November 15th, 2016 - 23 comments

Update: Chaos in Wellington – check the news…

It’s times like this you appreciate our emergency response systems. Huge thanks to everyone who has worked / is working to keep others safe, supplied, informed.

Donate to Nepal

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 pm, May 12th, 2015 - 1 comment

Nepal has been hammered again. Here’s how to donate.

Nepal quake

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, April 26th, 2015 - 17 comments

As is all over the news this morning, Nepal and surrounding areas have been hit by a severe quake.

The reality is we’re pretty relaxed about fixing Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, June 28th, 2014 - 28 comments

For so many of the people in this still-broken city, they feel that this is a journey which they have been left to walk alone. Too often they find themselves fighting against the state, rather than working with them. One gets the impression that for all the visits and photo ops, Key just doesn’t get the situation down here.

Wellington quake

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, August 16th, 2013 - 57 comments

Another quake near Seddon that shook Wellington hard. Various reports of strength, probably 6.2 at 8km. Hope all are well…

Wellington workers

Written By: - Date published: 6:52 am, July 23rd, 2013 - 28 comments

Let’s hope that workers’ rights and safety are protected in the wake of the Wellington quakes.

Wellington quakes

Written By: - Date published: 5:27 pm, July 21st, 2013 - 123 comments

Venue for discussing the quakes that have hit Wellington and other centers in middle NZ.

Take care all.

Disaster in Japan

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 pm, March 11th, 2011 - 111 comments

A 8.9 Richter-scale earthquake has struck just off the coast of northeastern Japan. At a depth of just 24km and only 60km offshore, it released 8,000 times more energy than the second Christchurch earthquake. The Kurihara seismic station recorded a 7 on the destructiveness scale, the maximum reading. Swathes of 70K city of Kesennuma ablaze. Death toll unknown. $100 billion to $1 trillion damage. 20+ aftershocks over 5.5 are reported so far. Tsunami warnings across the Pacific.

Govt exploiting CHCH to sneak through abuses?

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, September 8th, 2010 - 10 comments

As our msm persist with their increasingly banal fixation on Christchurch’s troubles, I’m reminded of a story that appeared in 2001 not long after the horror of 9/11. It was about a political advisor in the Blair administration who was caught-out doing her job. On the day of the attacks Jo Moore sent an email […]

Caption Competition

Written By: - Date published: 6:28 pm, September 7th, 2010 - 41 comments

Yesterday Mr Key said he would leave for London to visit the Queen, only if he “could be confident Christchurch’s recovery was on track”, and appointed Big Jezza to oversee the Government’s Christchurch earthquake response. Today Key announced he won’t be leaving any time soon.

The economics of the Christchurch earthquake

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, September 7th, 2010 - 30 comments

There’s been some frankly bizarre talk about the earthquake being an economic boon for the country. I guess the Right is just desperate for anything to improve the economy under National. So, I thought it would be worthwhile going through the economic ramifications of the earthquake from the immediate effects to long term.

An economic plan for Christchurch

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, September 7th, 2010 - 59 comments

Christchurch needs a more ambitious rescue package than has been announced. Relying on EQC and insurance payouts is not enough. I would cancel the top bracket tax cuts due to come into force in a month saving half a billion dollars for a real economic revival plan The first step would be to grant emergency bridging funding to businesses closed by the quake so that they can continue to pay their workers

Christchurch workers

Written By: - Date published: 9:24 pm, September 6th, 2010 - 41 comments

Unite Union’s Christchurch office has been flooded with phone calls and text messages from worried workers in post-earthquake Christchurch.

Yes it will

Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, September 6th, 2010 - 72 comments

As far as I know I am the only Standard author to have been right in the middle of the Darfield / Christchurch earthquake.  To all commenters and readers in the region – greetings, and keep safe.

Broken principles and broken windows

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 pm, September 5th, 2010 - 48 comments

Rich investor and you put your money in a dodgy finance company? Did the company collapse? You get your money back. No questions. Lost your job thanks to this endless recession? Couldn’t afford insurance? Property damaged in the quake? Key says you can get stuffed. It’s called class war. Also, Key thinks the clean-up will be an economic stimulus. Someone tell this money-man about the broken windows fallacy.

Public service deserves praise for earthquake response

Written By: - Date published: 5:12 pm, September 5th, 2010 - 37 comments

After every emergency come the media articles that accuse the civil defence system of failing. This time the well-known emergency relief experts at the Herald were criticising within a day. Well, the Herald can go f*ck itself. I take my hat off to all the public servants who did their jobs with skill and dedication. The public services responded swiftly to get the situation under control and get people the help and information they needed.

What happened..

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, September 4th, 2010 - 14 comments

New Zealand is one of the oddest places geologically (Japan is similar) in the world because of our position between two  plates and because we are at the twist where the plates change how they interact with each other. But the position of the Christchurch earthquake is a long way from the plate boundaries. Highly Allochthonous has a look at the mechanism of the quake.

Thank the regulators

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, September 4th, 2010 - 109 comments

The Christchurch earthquake was a shallow high magnitude earthquake close to a urban population centre. That is the disaster scenario for planners. It is a disaster, but not a major disaster. The enforcement of building regulations ensured that the city took damage, but survived largely intact.

Haiti: six months on

Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, July 18th, 2010 - 5 comments

The 24 hour news cycle. The 20 second slot. The soundbite. The pithy headline. We have short attention spans. Today’s tragedy is yesterday’s dim memory. I am usually as guilty as most, and this article in The Guardian was a sharp reminder. Haiti: six months on.

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