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Summary Page: Canterbury Earthquakes - lessons for New Zealand
Term 2 starting 16 May 2012.

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In preparation for this field trip you will learn about the moving crust , earthquakes, the Canterbury earthquakes, the Greendale Fault, the Port Hills Fault, earthquake effects, aftershocks, monitoring earthquakes, the earthquake commission (EQC), emergency plans. During the field trip you will learn from experts about what caused these earthquakes. You will visit urban and rural places which show the extent of the land movement and hear stories from local people about their experience of the earthquake and their responses since. You will use earthquake measuring devices to collect and analyse data, you will make simple models to see the effect of different earthquake waves and see liquefaction happening. After all that you will be able to see if your home is 'quake safe' and know what to do during and after an earthquake.

Where you will go

New Zealand is nicknamed The Shaky Isles as it lies on a plate boundary and earthquakes are common. Historic records show that on average, New Zealand can expect several magnitude 6 earthquakes every year, one magnitude 7 every 10 years, and a magnitude 8 every century. Since 2010 Canterbury has experienced a series of major magnitude 6 and 7 quakes, including the Darfield earthquake of 4 September 2010 and the Christchurch Earthquake of 22 February 2011. In September 2010, some land moved 4 metres sideways in less than a second and shaking was intense but incredibly no-one died. In February 2011, ground acceleration was amongst the highest recorded in an urban area anywhere in the world resulting in abrupt, violent shaking - 185 people died. Many landmark old buildings in the city such as churches were destroyed. A number of modern multi-storey buildings like hotels survived but are being demolished. Many houses were severely damaged and are now uninhabitable. Liquefaction caused havoc in certain areas. Although it will take years, the rebuild of Christchurch is underway.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-8, Nature of Science Levels 2-8, Earth and Space Science Levels 7-8; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5, Geography Levels 6-8

More Curriculum

Covers Achievement Standards from Earth and Space Science (ESS) within the Planet Earth and Beyond Strand such as Science 1.16: Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event (In particular AS90955 - Assessment Resource 1.16B When Christchurch Shook); ESS 2.3: Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality; ESS 2.5: Demonstrate understanding of extreme Earth events; ESS 2.7: Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System; ESS 3.3: Demonstrate understanding of the evidence relating to geological events.

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Shelley the LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher.

Meet Shelley, your LEARNZ Field Trip Teacher

Canterbury, disasters, earthquake research, earthquakes, emergency management, faults, geographic issue, geohazards, geology, geomorphology, hazards, liquefaction, planning for earthquakes, plate tectonics, seismic monitoring