Community resilience in Christchurch : adaptive responses and capacities during earthquake recovery

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Paton, D.; Mamula-Seadon, L.; Selway, K.L. 2013 Community resilience in Christchurch : adaptive responses and capacities during earthquake recovery. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2013/37 24 p.

Abstract: The MW 6.3 Christchurch earthquake that struck at 12:51pm local time on 22 February 2012, caused 185 deaths, over 7000 injuries and in excess of US$12 billion in damage to the Canterbury region. The Christchurch earthquake occurred approximately six months after the 4 September 2010 MW 7.1 Darfield earthquake, the epicentre of which was 20km west of the city. There were no deaths and few major injuries from the September 2010 event, but property losses were in excess of $US 4 billion. This report discusses the responses to these challenges and explores the resources and relationships that those affected by earthquake consequences identified as contributing to differences in community responses to recovery demands and to their recovery. It discusses how several person/household-, neighbourhood-, community-, and societal-level factors acted, individually and collectively, to influence the development of community response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes and aftershocks. The report also discusses the demands and challenges that changed over time for Christchurch residents and businesses during the response and recovery cycles experienced by people affected by the series of earthquakes/aftershocks in Christchurch in 2011. Data were collected in June and July 2011. The timing of the data collection increased the validity of the findings as it allowed tapping into some experiences of aftershocks and thus into the complex, unique and repeated response-recovery cycles presented by this event. (auth)