"Highlighting the inadequacies of the way in which the earthquakes of 2010-2012 were handled by the insurance industry! "

Episode 5: Christchurch. The day time stood still.

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Someone else’s view of the situation here on the ground.


P1100014In 2010 there was an earthquake in Christchurch.  It measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and the epicentre was 40 km west of the city.  7.1 is a pretty big quake but fortunately it happened in the middle of the night, at 4.35 a.m., when everyone was tucked up in bed.  There was some damage to buildings and other infrastructure and one person died, of a heart attack.  Two others were injured.

No great story there.

There were a number of aftershocks during the following months and then at 12.51pm on 22nd February 2011, all hell was let loose.  A smaller earthquake, 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit the already damaged city. Its epicentre was only 10km away.  It devastated the city centre, destroying hundreds of businesses and thousands of homes.  It was a normal working day.  People were in their offices or going about their business in town. …

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Author: Sarah-Alice Miles

I believe in the enormous power of the human spirit and the power within each of us to effect major change. "The only triumph over evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing". Trained as a lawyer, psychotherapist and mediator. My goal is to make my voice heard for the causes in which I believe so as to improve and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable society.

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