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15 January 2010

Why the Haiti earthquake takes us into new territory for disaster response

The Haiti earthquake rightly continues to dominate the news around the world, with the situation on the ground looking increasingly desperate. The news media are already reporting on the growing frustration amongst the population about the lack of aid, not uncommon in large disasters actually, but probably magnified in this case. Although every rapid onset disaster is different, in a number of ways this event takes us into new territory. …

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22 May 2009

Sinorock conference report – the Wenchuan Earthquake session

Yesterday there was a special session of the Sinorock Conference in Hong Kong, focused on the Wenchuan Earthquake. This involved six presentations and then a lively round-table discussion. This is a brief review. The first talk was given by colleagues from Chengdu University of Technology on the topic of the landslides triggered by the earthquake. This was visually spectacular, emphasising the scale, density and impact of the landslides that were …

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Sinorock presentation file on the Wenchuan (Sichuan) Earthquake

Today there was a session on the Wenchuan Earthquake at the Sinorock conference in Hong Kong. I was invited to participate in the panel discussion, for which I put together the following presentation highlighting a few critical issues: http://www.authorstream.com/player/player.swf?p=191786_633785600804989257Uploaded on authorSTREAM by Dr_Dave You should be able to review the presentation above or to download it the Powerpoint file if you wish (from here if necessary). I will write a …

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30 September 2008

Further update on situation in Sichuan

The China Daily has today published an article that describes the situation around Beichuan as a result of the current heavy rains. The article is here. The situation is sounding increasingly dangerous. For example: “As a result of heavy rains and incessant mudslides, the plan to rebuild quake-devastated Beichuan county in northern Sichuan province as an earthquake museum has been put on hold, a local official said.” “A large part …

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20 September 2008

Marriot Hotel bomb, Islamabad, Pakistan

Just a short aside from landslides. In January 2006 I attended a conference organised by the Geological Survey of Pakistan. The theme was to gain an understanding of the lessons learnt from the Kashmir earthquake – the proceedings are available online here. The conference was fascinating but desperately sad as speaker after speaker showed images of the destruction associated with the earthquake. Today the Marriott hotel was senselessly bombed and …

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