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Ear to the ground: Preparing for and recovering from earthquakes

By Andi Horvath

Earthquake researcher Assoc Prof Mark Quigley explains the lessons learned from recent major earthquakes into how to better prepare regions at risk, the value of strong science communication to affected populations during crisis, and the importance of developing appropriate building codes in anticipation of the Next Big One.

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Hi. I’m Dr Andi Horvath. Thanks for joining us. Today we get up close to, but at a safe distance from, earthquakes. We live on a dynamic planet in which the frequent rubbing of tectonic plates can often lead to devastating consequences for populated areas. We often hear about when we might expect the next big one, but how reliable is earthquake prediction? Given recent disasters in Japan, China, New Zealand and elsewhere, what have we learned about how to prepare for and recover from the almost certainly inevitable.

Our guest on this episode is University of Melbourne, geomorphologist and earthquake specialist, Associate Professor Mark Quigley. Mark survived the devastating 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand but unfortunately, lost his home to liquefaction. More about that later.

Through his experience, Dr Quigs, as he’s known, has also gathered insight into how best to communicate earthquake risks and issues to the public. Mark, welcome.


When we see earthquake zones, we are amazed at the amount of force that bends bridges, levels large structures and topples or even subsumes landscapes. What’...

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