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Rethinking Resilience

Bronwyn Hayward publishes "Reflections on the Earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, 2010 and 2011" in Ecology and Society, Vol. 18/4

"On 4 September 2010, Christchurch, New Zealand was struck by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake causing extensive structural damage. On 22 February 2011 the city was hit by a shallow, violent aftershock, at magnitude 6.3, the quake killed over 180 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Since then over 8000 aftershocks of varying intensity have hit the city. In the six month period to July 2011, the community coped on average, with a magnitude 5 earthquake every 10 days. Working from a tent for 12 weeks on campus and living with ongoing suspension of local democracy in a cordoned central city, prompted this reflection on the concept of resilience."

Read the full paper here.

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