This started life as a weblog for those living in the Avonside area of Christchurch in 2011 & 2012, and for anyone else looking for information or news on earthquake assessment, rebuilding, and related matters.
Now it operates intermittently as and when it would be useful to comment on events or issues relevant to Avonside or the way New Zealand handles disasters and insurance.
An Australian website, theconversation.edu.au , has an
article about the recent Victorian earthquake. It discusses how Australia is
more prone to earthquakes than many may think, looks at the history of
earthquakes in Australia, current research being carried out there, and makes a
few comparisons with the Canterbury earthquakes.
The article ishere. The web site has a seismology page here and
there is an article that looks at whether there is a connection between mining
and earthquakes (here).
The Royal Commission have added a discussion paper Building Management
After Earthquakes to their on-line library here.
The discussion paper poses a series of questions and people may respond to
the questions directly, respond to some but not others, or generally discuss the
topics in the paper.
From the Royal Commission's website:
This discussion paper focuses on how buildings were managed in Christchurch
after the September 2010 earthquake. It looks at matters that may have led to
problems in how the building safety operation was carried out that would be
likely to happen again (i.e. problems with the system, rather than whether it
was done well or not). The paper does not address every issue people have
identified in submission or reports to the Royal Commission to date. These will
be addressed in our final report. The paper focuses on how we can improve things
using a range of tools - not just legislation.
The discussion paper seeks comment on the implementation a…
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Winstone Wallboards, who make Gib Board, have produced a two page leaflet
The Dos and Don'ts for Cosmetic Repairs. It is a very useful little
checklist to compare against what repairs have been recommended for your
An essential point made in the brochure is that cosmetic repairs can only be
carried out after house strength and stiffness have been reinstated. Has
this been assessed for your house? Is it mentioned anywhere in the
documentation you have received?
Got lath and plaster? Check the third and fourth points below.
Here are some of the DOs and DON'Ts: DO carry out a structural assessment and re-instate strength and stiffness
before committing to cosmetic repairs.DON’T ‘ hide’ damage by plastering and painting over cracks.DON’T install gypsum plasterboard over damaged lath and plaster wall and
ceiling finishes.DO remove all plaster from the lath. Only leave timber slats if they provide
a solid and level surface for gypsum plasterboard fixing.DON’T direct…
According to insuranceNEWS.com.au the Reserve Bank of New Zealand has some
concerns about the contingency scheme recently agreed to by creditors. These
concerns involve the possibility of a shortfall of assets, and there being a
potential for an unfair distribution between the claimants.