This survey is part of a research project designed to help make New Zealand cities more resilient to earthquakes. GNS Science is undertaking this survey to fill knowledge gaps in post-disaster recovery by collecting information on your experience of building damage and availability of services after an earthquake.
Findings will be useful for agencies such as infra-structure providers, councils, emergency managers, and engineers. Anyone in New Zealand can participate in this survey if they have experienced one of the five major earthquakes since 2010 as listed in the survey. (Question 2, drop-down menu).
Your can respond anonymously to this survey. It will take less than 10 minutes and all responses will be treated confidentially. We will report only on general trends. Any personal information disclosed to GNS Science will be held and dealt with in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993.

Your responses will help scientists:
1. Make better estimates of the movement of people and businesses and their relocation requirements after an earthquake
2. Know about your observations and your experience of damage and destruction from an earthquake 
3. Understand the reasons for people to stay in or move out of a building after an earthquake.
There is no obligation to answer every single question but it would be helpful to our research if you could answer all questions. Data collected from this survey will be available only to the researchers and no respondents will be identified in our research findings. 

This project has been evaluated by peer review and judged to be low risk (a low risk research project is one in which the nature of the harm is minimal and no more than is normally encountered in daily life).(Ethics Notification Number: 4000019842). If you have any questions please contact Dr S.R. Uma at or Professor David Johnston at
If you have any concerns about the conduct of this research that you want to raise with someone other than the researchers, please contact Dr Brian Finch, Director (Research Ethics), email

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* 1. I agree to participate in this research by answering this questionnaire