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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Life experiences boost quake preparation

Life experiences boost quake preparation
- That's according to a just-published New Zealand study that investigated what spurs people to prepare for earthquakes, and how their life experiences might contributed to their motivation.
"We know that having some experience of previous earthquakes can prompt people to get prepared, through having a better understanding of how they might be impacted in future," said lead author Dr Julia Becker, of GNS Science and Massey University's Joint Centre for Disaster Research.
"Earthquakes also raise people's concern and motivate their need to get prepared. We saw a flurry of preparedness activity in Wellington following the Kaikoura earthquake."
Yet despite New Zealand being rocked by several large earthquakes in the past five years, many Kiwis still would not have experienced quakes.