Quake book of­fers ex­pert com­men­tary

Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE -

Next week the NZ Coastal So­ci­ety is launch­ing a book bring­ing to­gether ex­pert com­men­tary on the Kaiko¯ura earth­quake.

Shaky Shores – Coastal im­pacts & re­sponses to the 2016 Kaiko¯ura earth­quake cov­ers top­ics rang­ing from tsunami and whale be­hav­iour, to civil de­fence and port op­er­a­tions.

The book looks at what has been learnt about the ef­fects of the earth­quakes on the coastal phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment and ma­rine ecol­ogy, in­clud­ing the Kaiko¯ura Canyon. It also cov­ers the re­sponse to the event by com­mu­ni­ties and gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

The ‘By the num­bers’ page of the pub­li­ca­tion (em­bar­goed copy at­tached) shows the mag­ni­tude of both the 14 Novem­ber 2016 event and sub­se­quent re­sponse.

Me­dia are in­vited to at­tend the book launch at the ECan of­fice in Christchurch on Fri­day 8 June, which co­in­cides with World Oceans Day.

The book launch event will in­clude il­lus­trated talks by three of the book’s con­trib­u­tors: Tsunami sci­en­tist Dr Jose Bor­rero will dis­cuss the tsunami gen­er­ated by the Kaiko¯ura earth­quake and high­lights how this event ex­posed some vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in New Zealand’s tsunami pre­pared­ness plans.

NCTIR’s Dr Manea Sweeney will speak about the enor­mous chal­lenges of restor­ing the re­gion’s roads, rail and in­fra­struc­ture.

Can­ter­bury Univer­sity ma­rine ecol­o­gist Prof Dave Schiel will de­scribe the im­pacts on ma­rine rocky reef ecosys­tems and their nat­u­ral re­cov­ery over time.

Copies of the book are be­ing do­nated to pub­lic li­braries and lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions. It will also be avail­able from mid-June 2018 on the So­ci­ety’s web­site, www.coastal­so­ci­ety.org.nz.

The So­ci­ety’s pre­vi­ous spe­cial pub­li­ca­tions have looked at lessons learned from the Rena shipwreck.


The Kaiko¯ura Penin­sula was up­lifted by about one me­tre, ex­pos­ing broad rock plat­forms that were pre­vi­ously washed by the tides. Other parts of the coast­line rose by up to 6m.

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