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5 June 2012

Searching for the link between earthquakes and health

The impact the recent Christchurch earthquakes has had on people’s health in different parts of the city is being undertaken by researchers at the University of Canterbury.

The research is part of an initiative to support the health sector with improved service delivery following natural disasters.

Funded through the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the research will investigate if people living in red zoned areas of town are suffering more health problems than those in other areas or if they are all equally affected due to the city-wide uncertainty of not knowing what will happen next.

Director of the GeoHealth Laboratory at the University of Canterbury and Professor of Gepgraphy, Simon Kingham, said geographical information systems will be used to estimate exposure to physical damage and community disruption, and spatial statistical methods will be developed on a neighbourhood level rather than city-wide scale.

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