Sentinel Blog

Ground shaking variability: a real life demonstration across the Wellington region

Posted by Sentinel on 29/05/20 3:47 PM

When an earthquake strikes, the go-to resource for most New Zealanders is GeoNet. Following an event, people quickly jump onto the site to review the magnitude and the intensity of the quake or “reported shaking”.

At Sentinel, we know that measured ground shaking across a city or region is highly variable. Using “Magnitude plus distance” as a crude estimate of damage likelihood is unreliable, uncertain and potentially dangerous. An earthquake earlier this week provided a graphic demonstration.

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Topics: News

Sentinel mobile app provides vital information for Wellington quake

Posted by Sentinel on 26/05/20 3:41 PM

At 7:53am on Monday, May 25, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook Wellington - even rattling the Beehive as the Prime Minister was being interviewed live on air! The quake was widely felt throughout the North Island, with Wellington and Levin experiencing the strongest shaking.

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Anytime, anywhere - Sentinel will keep you informed

Posted by Sentinel on 25/05/20 9:16 AM

The Covid-19 era is still with us, but we're out and about more now. As we become more mobile and return to our office spaces, we need digital solutions that can keep pace, especially when it comes to the safety of our buildings and the continuity of our businesses. The landscape for Kiwi business and building owners has changed significantly, and we’ve been reminded just how important it is to have the tools and technology in place to minimise business interruptions. Planning ahead is what enables businesses to remain operational future earthquakes.

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GeoNet vs Sentinel: A side-by-side comparison of an earthquake measurement

Posted by Sentinel on 25/03/20 9:17 AM

When an earthquake strikes, the go-to resource for most New Zealanders is GeoNet. Following an event, people quickly jump onto the site to review the magnitude and the intensity of the quake or “reported shaking”. But before accepting this information, it’s important to first understand how GeoNet sources these reports.

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Topics: News, Earthquake Preparation

Sentinel welcomes new sales representative – Jacqui Moorfield

Posted by Sentinel on 19/03/20 11:14 PM

We're excited to welcome a new team member on board here at Sentinel - our new Sales Representative, Jacqui Moorfield. Jacqui joined us on March 2, and she comes to us from - most recently - SOMO Creative and Make Collective. But that's not the half of Jacqui's story!

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Topics: News

Christchurch continues to shake - what happened on March 10?

Posted by Sentinel on 18/03/20 9:25 AM

For the past ten years, Christchurch and surrounding areas have continued to experience on-going seismic activity. Sometimes the quakes aren't widely felt, others are short sharp jolts that see Twitter and Facebook light up. The severity of ground shaking during an earthquake, as it's related to specific building locations and the structure of those buildings, can have an impact on the safety of those buildings and whether they should be occupied or not.

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Topics: News, Earthquake Preparation

How prepared is your business for the next big earthquake?

Posted by Sentinel on 10/03/20 9:22 AM

A guide to keeping your business going and your employees safe

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Topics: Earthquake Preparation, Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Monitoring Systems

Emergency response procedure - the tools to get it right

Posted by Sentinel on 24/01/20 3:26 PM

How to build a best practice co-ordinated incident management system.

It may come as somewhat of a surprise, but what we've learned here at Sentinel is that since the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes, Kiwi businesses and organisations are still not as prepared for them as they should be. This is true even of Canterbury businesses, who've been through significant seismic events.

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Topics: Earthquake Preparation, Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Monitoring Systems

Why no two earthquakes are the same – and what it means for building assessment

Posted by Sentinel on 18/12/19 9:43 AM

New Zealand has a very shaky history. The last decade has seen significant seismic activity, ranging from barely noticeable to highly destructive. And the science tells us that it will continue on this way - meaning that everyone, from individuals to business owners to managers of large infrastructure, needs to be ready for future events.

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Topics: Earthquake Preparation, Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Monitoring Systems

Global best practice for earthquake response and resilience: the 10 key factors

Posted by Sentinel on 18/12/19 9:14 AM

New Zealand – and specifically the Canterbury region - has become one of the most seismically active developed countries in the world. Since 2010, we've experienced many quakes ranging from barely felt to significantly destructive. Compared to other earthquake-prone areas of the world, this gives us relevant, recent experience that others don’t.

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Topics: Earthquake Preparation, Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Monitoring Systems