Earthquake hits New Zealand as death toll rises to five in wake of Tropical
Read the article “Earthquake hits New Zealand as death toll rises to five in wake of Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle”, located at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-02-15/new-zeland-cyclone-gabrielle-earthquake-forecast/101979346 . Then answer the following questions.
1. Like in most of the world, New Zealand’s government has spent much of the last three years highly focused on COVID-19. In your opinion, is this likely to have affected preparedness for situations like the one described in the article? Why or why not? (10 marks)
2. What, if any, overlap is there in preparedness measures for an earthquake and for a tropical cyclone? What, if any, contradiction is there in preparedness measures for an earthquake and for a tropical cyclone? (10 marks)
3. What political challenges does this situation pose to New Zealand’s new Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins, who took office on January 25th 2023? (10 marks)
4. There has never been a 2004 Indian Ocean-style in New Zealand’s recorded history. Given this fact, why do you think GeoNet specifically mentioned that “no tsunami is expected” in its tweet? (20 marks)