Lessons From New Zealand: How To Survive A 7.1 Magnitude Earthquakes With Zero Casualties

The Logical Indian

September 3rd, 2016

Source: IndiaTimes | Image Courtesy: Wikimediaytimg

New Zealand woke up on 1st September to a 7.1 richter scale earthquake that shook its North Island. The US Geological Society detected the tremors off its coast, at an approximate depth of 30 kilometres . The epicentre was 167 kilometres from the city of Gisborne, which has a population of 45,000.

New Zealand survived this high magnitude earthquake with zero casualties. The primary reason for this being their systematic ‘disaster management plan’.

As this country is situated on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plate, that forms a part of the popularly sobriquet “Ring of Fire”, it experiences an estimated 15,000 tremors annually.



The Civil Defence authority engages the citizens in regular drills, to make them prepared for such occasions. A local council politician, Pat Seymour from the Gisborne city, was quoted saying that , “the earthquake was quite vigorous, however the implementation of quick techniques saved the people”.

The township of ‘Te Araroa’, with its entire population of 600, evacuated their houses for higher grounds, away from the tides of the triggered, minor tsunami. Most of these residents reacted quickly to the warning sirens alerting them about the earthquake.



The biggest lesson for other countries from this incident, is the need to advocate and proactively create disaster-preparedness among all their citizens. History has evidenced the wide-scale ramifications of unplanned urbanisation and lack of disaster aversion and management systems.

Share your thoughts..

Propelled by

VOLVO

Make Your City Safe

Related Stories

120 Dead As The Monsoon Rains Cause Floods And Landslides In 8 States

A Deadly 9.0 Earthquake Could Be Building Up Under India And Bangladesh

Finally, After 10 Long Years, India Gets Its First Disaster Management Plan, Know Everything About It

Cyclonic Storms Damage 3759 Houses In Nagaland

81 Places Added To India’s Earthquake-Prone List, Know The Names Of The Cities/Towns

Reasons Behind Why Whales Stranded On Tamil Nadu’s Coast

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Ministry of I&B To Set Up Social Media Monitors in 716 Indian Districts

News

CBI Grills Sify Technologies Staff in SSC Paper Leak Case

Get Inspired

Residents Contribute Money To Make Road On Their Own In Village Due To Administration Apathy

News

No Salary For Last Five Months, Bengaluru Sanitary Workers Struggle To Survive

Environment

The Water Crisis In Punjab: Illegal Industrial Discharge Destroying Rivers, Threatening Human Lives

News

Caught On Camera Asking Money To Peddle Hindutva; Cobrapost Exposes The Newspapers You Read