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RMS Expects Most Damage from New Zealand Quake to be Residential

Source: RMS

Posted on 09 Sep 2010

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Modeler Risk Management Solutions (RMS) currently expects that the New Zealand quake in Christchurch on Saturday, September 3 will result in approximately 60-70% of the insured losses to be residential, and 30-40% commercial and industrial. The majority of residential claims will be paid out by the Earthquake Commission(EQC), though some claims will be large enough to exceed the EQC NZ$100,000 limit (US$72,300), and go into XS EQC policies.

EQC was started by the government in 1945 and currently has about $5.6 billion in the fund, which is backed up by reinsurance from overseas groups.

“The focus is now on assessing damage in the suburbs, with the priority being Brooklands and Bexley,” said Ben Fox, senior catastrophe response analyst with RMS. “An estimated 500 buildings have already been condemned in the region, and approximately 100,000 of the 160,000, or almost two-thirds, of the houses in the region suffered some degree of damage during the earthquake.”