The earthquake in Haiti and the recent tsunamis and earthquakes in Samoa, the Solomons and Indonesia should remind us not to be too complacent.

Let’s not forget:

  • NZ sits on the junction of two tectonic plates (the Pacific and the Australian).
  • Scientists have been measuring a build-up of stress on the Alpine Fault, the main fault in the Southern Alps.  It could result in an earthquake of more than 8 magnitude – far bigger than the recent Haiti earthquake.
  • The recent earthquake off Resolution Island was the biggest in NZ since Napier – fortunately, no-one lives there.
  • In a major earthquake, the immediate needs of survivors are likely to be beyond the immediate capacity of the various rescue services. It could be three days before help gets to you.
  • Be prepared!

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