Christchurch earthquake – spurs community innovation

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[title size=”1″]Christchurch community response to devastating earthquakes[/title]

A major earthquake hit Christchurch in February 2011. This is a collection of stories filmed the third winter after the event to show the courage and resilience of those who chose to stay – Select the link below.

Christchurch in New Zealand in close to the hearts of many in the global mining community, especially since so many influential industry participants emanate from the region, including the many graduates of the Otago School of Mines and Canterbury Universities.

Christchurch is also the home town of one the industries technology success stories – [button link=”http://www.miningsoftware.org/portfolio-items/leapfrog/” color=”green” size=”small” target=”_blank” title=”Leapfrog – From Aranz Geo based in Christchurch.” gradient_colors=”,” gradient_hover_colors=”,” border_width=”1px” border_color=”” text_color=”” shadow=”yes” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]Leapfrog – Christchurch[/button] which has steadily been accepted across the world as a powerful and valuable tool for modelling geology.

Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand’s beautiful South Island, which has a reputation for its warmth (not necessarily the temperature) and hospitality for travellers and visitors. The two big earthquakes that struck the city and accompanying months of frightening aftershocks left the community of 500,000 people shell shocked and devastated. This video explores the earthquakes with a focus on how the community has developed resilience and continues a gradual process of healing after losing  lives, many homes and their culturally rich and beautiful city center, with many of its historical stone buildings, churchs, coffee arcades and fashion and local business arcades destroyed.

It is an example of personal and community resilience, but also the innovative spirit that returns when people have nothing left to lose, and no time to waste.

[button link=”http://youtu.be/otv4JwjrznI/” color=”blue” size=”small” target=”_self” title=”Christchurch, New Zealand – Resiliant City” gradient_colors=”,” gradient_hover_colors=”,” border_width=”1px” border_color=”” text_color=”” shadow=”yes” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″]Christchurch, New Zealand – Resiliant City[/button]
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