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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Canterbury communities urged to prepare for Alpine quake

CD Canterbury communities urged to prepare for Alpine quake

"Canterbury Civil Defence emergency planners are urging communities in the region to be well prepared for a devastating alpine fault earthquake, predicted by scientists.

A recent study by Professor Tim Davies, of Canterbury University and Mauri McSaveney, of GNS Science, has determined that the long-predicted alpine quake would have catastrophic effects on the South Island and New Zealand.

While the scientists point out that such a quake might not happen for "many decades" it would have a similar strength to the 1931 Napier earthquake – 7.8 on the Richter scale – be spread over a much larger area and cause massive damage.

The scientists presented their study at last week's natural hazards conference in Christchurch."

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