Earthquake related news May 8, 2011

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New Zealand
The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has paid out nearly $850 million since September's 7.1 earthquake and following aftershocks in Christchurch. The EQC had received more than 312,000 claims since September 4, including about 127,000 from February 22's 6.3 earthquake, chief executive Ian Simpson said. Assessors had checked nearly 10,000 properties damaged in the February quake. More than 12,000 properties suffered in excess of $100,000.  $$$

Australia / Japan
A blossoming Australian tourist season to Japan collapsed following the earthquake and tsunami, with neither the soaring dollar nor spectacular cherry trees able to lure visitors to the disaster-stricken country. Before Japan's deadly natural disasters and nuclear scare in March, 30,700 Australians had visited Japan, a jump of 6.7 per cent on the same period last year. According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, March visits collapsed by 46.8 per cent and the April figures will be similarly flat.  $$$

South America / Bolivia (science)
The region east of the central Andes Mountains has the potential for larger scale earthquakes than previously expected, according to a new study posted online in the May 8th edition of Nature Geoscience. Previous research had set the maximum expected earthquake size to be magnitude 7.5, based on the relatively quiet history of seismicity in that area. This new study by researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) and colleagues contradicts that limit and instead suggests that the region could see quakes with magnitudes 8.7 to 8.9.  $$$

World (science)
If world governments could turn to a central information source on natural disasters, many lives could be saved through better preparedness. A global databank could warn of natural disasters. $$$

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  1. Hello there,

    Regarding Christchurch EQC payment of $850 millions since Sept 7.1 earthquake. Can you please telI me where you get that figure from, as I can assure you that many of the people of Christchurch haven't seen any of that money.

    My understanding is that the money went to places where few damage was done, but not to the where the
    most damage was done. In other world the least affected areas have been helped (the west and rich areas of Christchurch), but not the Eastern suburbs as considered poorer.

    Many of us have a home there and haven't seen a cent in payment nor assessment.

    Cheers .