Natural hazards 2011

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2013 Natural hazards 2011. Lower Hutt: GNS Science. GNS Science miscellaneous series 46 46 p.

Abstract: The Canterbury earthquake sequence represents the largest natural hazard event in New Zealand’s written history, with impacts estimated at 8% of national GDP, much more than the relative impact of Hurricane Katrina on the US economy or the recent Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on the Japanese economy. The Natural Hazards Research Platform has made significant contribution to the earthquake response under the auspices of the National Civil Defence declaration followed by CERA, and in providing technical advice to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Canterbury Earthquakes. While other aspects of Platform work was not so much in the media glare, there has been excellent progress in research and its applications for weather events and forecasting and in other geological hazards areas, such as tsunami and volcanism. (auth)