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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tourists should be prepared for the Big One

Tourists should be prepared for the Big One

"A Canterbury University professor says the likelihood of a major earthquake hitting the South Island alpine fault increases everyday, and people in the region should be aware how catastrophic it will be.

Speaking at the Natural Hazards Management Conference in Christchurch, Professor Tim Davies said statistically the major quake is long overdue.

He says the remoteness of the region means many people, in particular tourists, will be stranded for a long time when bridges and roads collapse.

Tim Davies says tour operators should be making contingency plans to be able to help their clients who will inevitably be affected by a major earthquake."

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