Philippines earthquake – an annotated graphic

Since the central Philippines island of Negros was struck by a magnitude 6.7 quake on Monday, 15 people are known to have been killed with another 40 or so people known to be missing. Several remote towns have been cut off because of damage to roads and bridges. According to catastrophe management firm AIR Worldwide, in the coastal areas of the Philippines there are many non-engineered and poorly constructed buildings. The earthquake has regrettably highlighted this issue. E&T has a full news story on this aspect of the Philippines earthquake. We’re also sharing this graphic illustrating the location and magnitude … Continue reading Philippines earthquake – an annotated graphic

New Zealand earthquake: a touch of life-saving engineering

Last week, a normal flow of life for many was interrupted by the news of the second earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. In my family, we had reasons to be more worried than most: my partner’s close relatives live in Christchurch. We hadn’t heard anything from  them for several days and were extremely concerned until the following email arrived this morning: “…To recap, the second earthquake again ripped the power and phone lines from our house and all water stopped. We had water restored on Thursday at low pressure, so no hot water. Friday our power was reconnected to the house but … Continue reading New Zealand earthquake: a touch of life-saving engineering