Story: Natural hazards – overview

Civil Defence training exercise

Civil Defence training exercise

A civil defence team practises looking for survivors after a simulated building collapse. This event was a worst-case scenario, as modern, earthquake-resistant design aims to avoid buildings falling completely. Such skills were, tragically, needed following the collapse of the CCTV and Pyne Gould Guinness buildings in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

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Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Natural hazards – overview - Civil defence – coping with emergencies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 December 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006