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Gillian Dacey

Self-protective behaviour during earthquake shaking: A comparative study of the effect of earthquake preparedness advice on human behaviour and the subsequent impact on survivability

Using New Zealand and Japan as examples, this project investigates the effects of earthquake preparedness information on the behaviour of people during earthquake shaking, and the impact this has on survivability. The research focuses on the actions and decisions people made, whether these were influenced by preparedness advice, the appropriateness of the advice for their experience, and the effects of other external influences on their behaviour, such as gender. An analysis of global earthquake preparedness information seeks to identify trends in prescribed preparedness advice from earthquake-prone countries.