Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

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Legislation Changes Following Earthquake Disasters

  • Suzanne WilkinsonEmail author
  • James Olabode Bamidele Rotimi
  • Sandeeka Mannakarra
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_351


Disaster legislation; Legislation changes post-disaster


Most disasters are followed by legislative changes, emergency legislation, and new disaster legislative measures. Some of the changes are a reaction to the need to build back safer and to be seen to be facilitating a better future environment. For instance, the Royal Commission into the Canterbury Earthquakes in New Zealand recommended changes to the Building Act, a rewrite of building codes and building standards. Other disasters, such as the Wenchuan earthquake in China, Black Saturday bushfires in Australia, and Hurricane Katrina and Northridge earthquake both in the USA, had all occasioned changes in legislative requirements for reconstruction and code changes for buildings. The impact of legislative changes tends to slow recovery, but often they facilitate in building a better, more resilient, post-disaster environment. In this entry, the focus will be on the common post-disaster legislative changes...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanne Wilkinson
    • 1
    Email author
  • James Olabode Bamidele Rotimi
    • 2
  • Sandeeka Mannakarra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringThe University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Auckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand