Development of an Earthquake Casualty Model for New Zealand
In the past 8 years, earthquakes in New Zealand have injured over 12,000 people and killed 187. This has had a huge impact on the affected individuals, families, businesses and communities across the country. Understanding the key drivers of earthquake injuries and fatalities are critical for reducing the future socio-economic impact of future earthquakes. Previous studies on earthquake injuries (e.g. Cousins et al, 2008., Spence et al, 2011) , globally and in New Zealand, have significant limitations. This include injury data that is biased towards the more severe injuries as this is what is generally reported internationally, or the data is dominated by countries where building codes are not present or not enforced. This poster will present preliminary results from a transdisciplinary approach to understanding what drives earthquake injuries. The research draws on a globally unique injury dataset from ACC that contains reported injuries from 8 New Zealand earthquakes that span from the 2010 Darfield earthquake through to the recent 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.
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