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Nor'West News: October 30, 2018

Nor'West News: October 30,

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018 Locally Owned CITY 2SURF with Les Mills Farewell to stalwart Big send off for long-serving Shirley Boys’ staff member Page 6 Page 7 Top architecture award Former St Bede’s student wins praise for Brisbane lane design CITY 2 2SURF Sunday 24 March 2019 with Les Mills Quake survey a bid to help evacuation planning • By Georgia O’Connor-Harding PEOPLE LIVING along the Brighton coast line who evacuated the night of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake are being called on to take part in a research project. Canterbury University is aiming to survey as many residents as possible to collect data on the tsunami evacuation response that took place following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake nearly two years ago. Matthew Hughes, one of the academics overseeing the Matthew Hughes project, said the survey isn’t about asking for opinions on the night of the earthquake, it is about what residents did in response to the tsunami hazard. The survey is part of a wider research project led by GNS Science and called Quicker and Safer Tsunami Evacuation through Agent-Based Modelling. The project is looking at tsunami risks and exposure in Christchurch and Wellington Dr Hughes said the data collected from the survey is going to be interesting in itself. “But OPTION the really ONEcrucial part of BIG PROJECT: Canterbury University is surveying coastal residents on how they responded to the tsunami hazard following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. PHOTO: REGENERATE CHRISTCHURCH this is going to start informing sophisticated computer modelling of population movements when they evacuate,” he said. The models will simulate people evacuating after a tsunami warning. The project involves a partnership with Civil Defence Emergency Management, the city council and Environment Canterbury. It is planned the information formed from the research will be presented in a series of workshops for affected coastal communities next year. It comes after confusion following the quake, in which hundreds were stuck in traffic for more than an hour trying to get to higher ground. In the new survey, residents will be asked how they knew there was a potential tsunami hazard, what they did when the official warning went out, what their knowledge of tsunami hazards is, and how it influenced their behaviour. It will focus on residents living in coastal areas in eastern areas of the city, including New Hearing aids – the next generation. Hearing aids that are smaller, look more stylish, and are packed with features for people who are always on the go. Try a pair for FREE * , and if you buy, you’ll get free care for the life of your devices valued up to $3500! * Plus a FREE upgrade to advanced technology valued up to $2000. * Brighton and Southshore as well as the Sumner, Redcliffs and the wider Banks Peninsula area. The survey also asks people to draw the route they drove if they evacuated. “We want to map what they did and try understand how their prior state of knowledge influenced that behaviour,” Dr Hughes said. He said the evacuation routes collected from the survey will go towards developing the computer model, which will help Civil Defence and other agencies help with evacuation planning. Anzac Fire Station senior station officer Shane O’Brien, who was on duty the night of the earthquake, said every fire station in the city has an emergency plan but the more information it receives the better. Dr Hughes said the aim is for evacuation paths and evacuation zones to be further informed by local knowledge when the models are developed. The survey will take place over the next several months and a preliminary report will be completed at the end of the year. To take part in the survey, go to http://canterbury. SV_0dpvgCdpmUpSlDf Actual size 18B MAIN NORTH RD, PAPANUI | PH 354 6000 | WWW.SHOSHA.NZ Call now to book your free trial today. Fendalton 03 351 3535 Halswell 03 322 4326 *Terms and conditions apply, offer ends on the 24 December 2018