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New Zealand’s Shake Out Drill is a great opportunity to put your earthquake safety to the test

Even if you live and work in an area designated as less risk of an earthquake quake, don’t dismiss the threat. Earthquakes can occur anywhere in New Zealand.  Hazards that workers may encounter during and after an earthquake include being struck by a building’s structural components, furnishings and non-structural building parts or improperly stored materials; being burned by fires resulting from gas leaks or electrical shorts; and being exposed to released chemicals. WorkSafe recommend...

July 31, 2018

This Month in Seismic: First fines and future prosecutions

Quake Protected ‘This Month In Seismic’ series takes a look at the top earthquake resilience and preparedness news from the month....

July 30, 2018

Seismic funding available for heritage buildings to become earthquake prepared

Iconic Wellington landmark The Manor, a building that houses Nelson’s famed Lambretta’s café and a Christchurch substation, is to receive funding for earthquake strengthening, acting Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced this week....

June 29, 2018

Becoming earthquake prepared is child's play with Te Papa and EQC's Minecraft Mod "ShakerMod"

Vengeful bunnies and skeleton horses may not be traditional learning tools, but a new mod for the computer game Minecraft is using them to teach important lessons about earthquake safety. “ShakerMod” has been developed by Te Papa in Wellington, in partnership with the Earthquake Commission (EQC), to help kids learn to “Fix, Fasten and Don’t Forget.” Within the game, kids fix and fasten objects, then simulate earthquakes at different magnitudes. When the quakes are triggered, playe...

June 13, 2018

Why earthquake strengthening inside your building is important

In less than 50 seconds a Lower Hutt office is devastated by the shaking of a 7.8 earthquake in Wellington on 14 November, 20016. It is nearly midnight and the office is empty. Thankfully no one is injured by the falling debris. Lower Hutt is 160 km north of Kaikoura, the earthquake's centre. Imagine the levels of injury and destruction if the earthquake had happened during a work day in an office near the centre of the earthquake. ...

May 29, 2018

Lessons learned from BNZ's decision to leave its primary Wellington Office in Central Point Harbour Quay

On March 26th 2018,  the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) exited its lease on the CentrePort Harbour Quays building saying that the quake-damaged premises would take too long to repair. The building, which is owned by CentrePoint, performed as it was structurally designed to during the November 2016 earthquake. However, the failure of non-structural elements and business furnishing within the building meant BNZ’s 1500 staff had to be relocated immediately after the quake and had not been able to...

May 16, 2018

Quake Protected dismayed at earthquake preparedness survey results

Quake Protected dismayed, but not surprised at seismic restraint survey results that show a lack of earthquake preparedness.New Zealand's largest installers of non-structural seismic restraints are calling on the new Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa to crack down on enforcement of non-structural building standards that have been ignored for years. Quake Protected's calls come on the back of survey results that show most Auckland and Wellington high-rises have failed ...

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