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Thursday, 9 February 2012

Further Commentary by Prof Petley on the NDC 'Report'

By Prof Dave Petley
Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography at Durham University in the United Kingdom. 
(Originally Posted on the Landslide Blog)

Several people have asked what I mean by a proper landslide investigation with respect to the report on the Tumbi Quarry landslide.  To illustrate, one might compare these two reports:
1. The Tumbi Quarry landslide report, prepared by the National Disaster Center.
The GNS report is not long, and nor is it highly detailed.  However, it is throrough, it investigates and describes the landslide properly, and it allows evidence-based conclusions to be drawn about the landslide and its triggers and causes.
This should be the minimum level of report for a major landslide event.  Of course, in New Zealand (or indeed the UK) a landslide that killed 25 or more people would probably be investigated in very much more detail*.
*LNG Watch: The O'Neil government has demonstrated the capacity and willingness to conduct such an inquiry with respect to the MV Rabaul Queen disaster (it will be led by a retired Australian judge and will include international experts). The same will and capacity appears to be lacking with respect to the Tumbi disaster. Facebook contributors have asked the question, is ExxonMobil the critical difference.  

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