New Zealand isn't called 'the shaky isles' for nothing. Earthquakes are a fact of life here; the past decade has seen significant seismic activity and the science tells us to expect more in the future. We can't prevent the quakes, but we can be prepared for them and with Sentinel, we have the technology to help us make smart, fast decisions after they’ve occurred.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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.