Earthquake Risk Reduction in New zeland David DOWRICK, Jim COUSINS and David RHOADES- Sambal member upload

Earthquake Risk Reduction in New zeland David DOWRICK, Jim COUSINS and David RHOADES New Zealand’s current strengths and weaknesses in earthquake risk reduction have recently been assessed. This paper analyses and discusses earthquake risk reducti

BY: Manoj Kumar
Original Source / Author: 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering Vancouver, B.C., Canada August 1-6, 2004 Paper No. 3464 14 Nov, 2017
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Earthquake Risk Reduction in New zeland  
David DOWRICK, Jim COUSINS and David RHOADES

New Zealand’s current strengths and weaknesses in earthquake risk reduction have recently been assessed. This paper analyses and discusses earthquake risk reduction in New Zealand. It has three headings  (1) what has been achieved in the past, (2) what is currently being done, and (3) what could be done to improve our performance in the future.

Progress in risk reduction is assessed in a number of ways. As  the reduction in damage levels, to quantify the reduction over time in the numbers of more vulnerable structures , such as earthquake risk buildings or dangerous dams, and to quantify the amount and effectiveness of retrofitting vulnerable structures and other items in the built environment. Computer modeling of economic losses helps to evaluate the reduction in risk. Potential for future risk reduction is also estimated. Any reduction would require the conversion of the built environment in the higher risk regions of the country to be of minimal earthquake vulnerability. Recent study notes that New Zealand has 16 strengths, but 26 weaknesses that need to be addressed in order to substantially reduce earthquake risk in New Zealand.
 

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