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  • 0 Large Quake Off Foxton Coast

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    A 5.9 quake 36.5 Km deep has struck off the Foxton Coast.  There are reports of minor damage. Civil Defence tells us that there is no risk of Tsunami. Train services are being held at some stations for a while. Timely reminder to check your kits.  

  • 1 43% Chance of M5.5-5.9 in CHCH before July 2020

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    Scientists have estimated a 43% chance of a M5.5 to 5.9 quake in Chch before July 2020. That's a significant shake. Recent quakes have been 10km deep or less. The M6.2 that severely damaged CHCH was 7km deep. On the positive side, quakes in Canterbury should be less damaging.A shallow M5.9 could easily topple fragile chimneys etc., so, check your emergency kit is in good order. We weren't operational at the time of the CHCH 2011 quake, but we at Lert.info are certainly ready for NZ's next big one. During the recent Kaikoura quake, many people on our service commented we kept them far better informed than anything else because we focused on the quality of the alerts. To get your very own personal alerts, pop over to www.lert.info before you need us.

  • 0 AF8 - The Sleeping Giant

    5.00 of 1 votes

    Tonight our Team attended the AF8 Lecture at the University of Otago. It was presented by Dr. Caroline Orchidston and Chris Hawker from Civil Defence. AF8 stand for Alpine Fault Magnitude 8 This demonstrated the research that has been going into preparing for this event.  The Following is not to scare you but make you realise this will happen at some time and it will not be pretty. So when will the fault rupture? It could be  at "4:30pm  tomorrow" as CHris Hawker says. Why then? Because if everyone just says sometime in the future, the future will never come and people won't prepare. By having a finite time your start to take it seriously. We saw the records of 27 Alpine fault ruptures and it was bloody freaky to see the regular occurrance of ruptures. On  average every 300 yrs.    WE ARE NOW OVERDUE by 2 yrs. The effects on infrastructure, people, buildings,  tourists, ability to communicate, EVERYTHING, will be absolutely enormous. If you're in the South Island when it lets go, you WILL be affected. No power and  no communication for many, in the first few days. Ask people from CHCH and Kaikoura what it's like. All mountain passess will be broken, communities will be isolated, in a worst case scenario the will be tens of thousands of tourists and residents trapped in Queenstown and the  West Coast could be cut off for months. We really do need to prepare as individuals and communities. The more we prepare the more resilient we are. Individual can prepare with survival kits. Communities can prepare by getting to know each other. What strenghts and weaknesses people have.  Contact your local Civil Defence contacts and volunteer. Civil Defence will rely on volunteers hugely for this  


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