earthquake

The dead centre of the Garden City

Over the weekend I borrowed a charming old bicycle from my¬†architect¬†friend Guy Evans and we rode around the accessible bits of Christchurch’s CBD. The vibrations of demolition shook the ground as we passed numerous large office buildings in various stages of being dismantled. The tool of choice for doing so is not the cliched wrecking […]

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Thankfully no tsunami – this time

People living along the coast of Indonesia and indeed around the fringes of the Indian Ocean will have had a spine-tingling moment last night as they felt the vibrations from the magnitude 8.6 earthquake that struck off the west coast of Northern Sumatra. Many will have had flashbacks to 2004, and the Boxing Day tsunami, […]

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One of our best science communicators awarded

Let’s face it, finding scientists who can communicate their science effectively, understand the needs of the media and the public and are able to respond in times of crisis are rare. It was pleasing then to last night see the University of Canterbury’s Dr Mark Quigley pick up the New Zealand Association of Scientists’ Science […]

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Amid carnage media bears brunt of disaster

It was only a couple of months ago, one sunny morning that I visited science reporter Paul Gorman and tech editor Will Harvie at The Press in Christchurch. The beautiful old building housing the newspaper was devastated in Tuesday’s earthquake and at least one of the newspaper’s staff was killed when the roof crashed down […]

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