Otago Earthquake Science Working Group
A multidisciplinary approach to earthquake science
Photo: Hundalee Fault offset from the 2016 Mw 7.8 Kaikōura Earthquake.
Credit: Mark Stirling
Otago Earthquake Science Update — June 2018
New Course in Natural Hazards
Mark Stirling completed the inaugural semester of the new course “Natural Hazards of New Zealand and Beyond” in June 2018. The joint 200 and 300 level class is taught by both Geology and Geography Departments, with Mark and Sean Fitzsimons as joint coordinators, and James White and Michelle Thompson Fawcett rounding out the four-Professor teaching team. The hazards of earthquake, landslide, volcano, tsunami, flood, drought, severe storm, and environmental change were covered in the course, and coverage was across the disciplines of physical and social science. The course was well received by the c. 70 students enrolled, so we expect numbers to be significantly more when the course is next offered in 2020.