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Vanuatu Training Workshop

RiskScape training in the Pacific Islands

May has been a busy month for the RiskScape team. RiskScape trainings were carried out in Samoa and Vanuatu. NIWA facilitators led the trainings with support from the national disaster management offices, GNS and SPC Geoscience colleagues. Over two days in each country, participants were introduced to the theory and practice of risk modelling tools. RiskScape was showcased and the participants were able to get hands on running country specific disaster scenarios. These trainings were part of a larger 3 year project called PARTneR funded by the NZ Aid partnership fund.

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Edgecumbe Town

Edgecumbe Flood Damage - John McNeill

NIWA and GNS scientists recently visited Edgecumbe to assess flood damage in the area. In this video, local resident John McNeill walks us through the destruction around his property.




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RiskScape product informs reinstatement of Kaikoura Inland Road

The M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake caused extensive damage to road networks in the Marlborough and Canterbury districts.  On the coast, SH1 was extensively damaged by large rockfalls, multiple fault ruptures and coastal uplift.  As of mid-December, SH1 access to Kaikoura is still not possible from either the north or south and the focus has been on the reinstatement of the inland road between Kaikoura and Waiau.

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RiskScape Damage State Working Group

The RiskScape Damage State Working Group (DSWG) was an interim group setup between July to October 2016.  The group was established following the Joint GNS-NIWA Biannual RiskScape meeting held in May 2016, and was comprised of RiskScape personnel from GNS and NIWA. The aim of the DSWG was to establish an agreed set of high-level multi-hazard consistent terms for building damage state levels to be implemented in RiskScape. You can view the activities and final outcomes of the DSWG using the following links:

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New Zealand Coastal Society 2016 Conference

A RiskScape related talk was presented at the New Zealand Coastal Society 2016 Conference in Dunedin between 15 and 18 November 2016. The talk was titled “Application of tsunami fragility functions for buildings into the RiskScape loss modelling tool”, and focussed on discussing the tailoring of global tsunami fragility functions for buildings to the New Zealand building stock in RiskScape.  This is important, as we have very limited tsunami damage data relating to the New Zealand building stock.

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Kaikoura Earthquake Building and Infrastructure Damage Survey, November 2016

On the 14th November 2016, a Mw 7.8 earthquake occurred in the Kaikoura area in the South Island, causing widespread building and infrastructure damage. The most extensive damage occurred in Seddon, Ward, Kaikoura, Hanmer, Waiau, Culverden and Cheviot, and Wellington in the North Island.  While the earthquake had significant impact to the environment and community, it also provides an opportunity to collect information on damage to building and infrastructure from extreme earthquake shaking.

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Pacific Island partners outline their RiskScape needs.

In September 2016 the RiskScape team met with partners in Samoa and Vanuatu to identify risk assessment needs and RiskScape case studies. These case studies will form the back bone of the new PARTneR project (Pacific Risk Tools for Resilience) where we will be tailoring RiskScape for use in the Pacific Islands. Samoa and Vanuatu disaster management office staff together with key stakeholder from across the countries’ government identified six priority case studies. These case studies will be jointly implemented over the next 2 years.

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Survey of Damage to Marlborough Region three waters assets after the M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake of 14 November 2016

Opus International Consultants Limited (Opus) and GNS Science (GNS) conducted a joint visit to Blenheim, Seddon and Ward on 7th and 8th December 2016 to survey how three waters systems had performed in the November 2016 M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake. The objective was to better understand the response of the three waters services and to discuss how Marlborough District Council (MDC) had managed the restoration and recovery process.

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Building Survey using RiACT for EQC Liquefaction Project

GNS Science has been contracted by EQC to contribute to the development of a liquefaction model for MINERVA, EQC’s seismic loss model. One required task is to collect building data around the Wellington Region.

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The Star Reports on Canterbury Flooding Costs modelled with RiskScape

"Flooding in Canty could be costly"

The Star 21-07-16  Pg8-9


Past editions of The Star newspaper can be searched here

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