10 am Friday 17 May
|Julia Becker, Massey University|
The potential for Earthquake Early Warning in New Zealand: Investigating the social benefits
An earthquake early warning (EEW) is a warning you might get a few seconds to a minute before shaking from an earthquake occurs at your location. Warnings may be transmitted via specific channels such as smartphones, other media devices (e.g. television, radio) or custom-made equipment. On receipt of a warning, systems can be automatically shut down, or people can undertake actions to protect life and property. New Zealand does not currently have a comprehensive EEW system, but research has been undertaken to understand whether one would be useful. We undertook focus groups and interviews with agencies representing key sectors (e.g. lifelines, emergency management, utilities, transport, education, etc.) and a public survey, to ask how people thought EEW might be used in New Zealand, and what the perceived benefits might be. This seminar will present key results from the focus groups, interviews and survey, with reflection on how the findings align with EEW utility in countries like Japan and the US.
For details on how to join the seminar – return to the 2019 Seminar series home page link