Earthquakes – love them or hate them?

January 21, 2014

Earthquakes affect us all differently, in different aspects of our lives.

Whether it is the societal implications of earthquakes or scientific analysis of seismic activity and fault lines, there is plenty of useful research conducted by Massey scholars in Massey Research Online, Massey University’s institutional repository.

Are you interested in how to ensure New Zealand households are prepared? Then have a read of Julia Becker’s doctoral thesis, Increasing household preparedness for earthquakes.

Or perhaps your concern is more for the vulnerable in our society such as children or adolescents? Then Timothy Heetkamp’s masters thesis, Psychological outcomes for adolescents after the Canterbury earthquakes  may be of interest to you, or Teresa King’s masters thesis, Children and natural disasters,  investigating the thoughts, knowledge and emotional responses to earthquakes  of 9-10 year olds in Wellington, New Zealand.

An international case study approach is taken in Abdur Sheema’s doctoral thesis, Exploring the role of the mosque in dealing with disasters which looks at the role of a community-based religious institution, in disaster management.

The latest quakes have centred in the lower North Island. Can the Wellington and Ruahine Faults be to blame? Find out the history of these fault lines in Judith Hanson’s doctoral thesis, The neotectonics of the Wellington and Ruahine faults between the Manawatu Gorge and Puketitiri, North Island, New Zealand.

And finally modelling the behaviour of seismic activity is under investigation in Ting Wang’s doctoral thesis, Statistical models for earthquakes incorporating ancillary data.

All theses listed above are recent works and are available now, online and in full text.

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