ALL ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE COMMISSION (EQC

ALL ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE COMMISSION (EQC

What is the Earthquake Commission? The New Zealand Government first established New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission in 1945. Originally its role was to provide earthquake and war damage cover for people that purchased fire insurance. Later on, cover for other natural disasters were included, and cover for war damage removed. Today, the Earthquake Commission is a government-owned Crown entity. The amount of events covered by EQC has greatly increased since its inception. Earthquakes, natural landslips, volcanic eruptions, hydrothermal activity, tsunamis, storms, floods, and fires are all covered by EQC now. Whom does the Earthquake Commission cover? The Earthquake Commission automatically extends to cover those who own fire insurance policies. These policies […]

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LIQUEFACTION – WHAT IS IT

LIQUEFACTION – WHAT IS IT

Liquefaction is a process where by firm ground takes on a liquid form temporarily. This generally happens during seismic events such as earthquakes. A notable example of this was during the Canterbury earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011. In these events liquefaction caused silt and fine sand to ‘boil’ up and cause widespread damage. Entire streets were buried with this silt and sand, swallowing vehicles and buildings alike. Causes of liquefaction Over the course of thousands of years, rivers and streams deposit layers of silt and sand. Low-lying areas such as swampland and peaty marsh have higher concentrations of this silt and sand. Coastal areas also generally have higher […]

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