Wellington Earthquake, Are You Prepared?

Do you know the effects that a major earthquake will have in Wellington, capital of New Zealand?

Following on from yesterday’s blog about the 1996 documentary, in which cogent warnings about the effects of an earthquake in Christchurch were proven unnervingly accurate, we’d like to re-publish a blog we posted in early October last year. This was written shortly after the Sept 2010 Canterbury earthquake.

This is it, including the  links at the end.

“A reader has sent in a link to a video which depicts the possible scenario after a large scale earthquak hit Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.

Bearing in mind the disruption that a smaller scale 7.1 earthquake (and almost 2,00 aftershocks) recently caused in Christchurch and the Canterbury region we’d like to share it with you. It is a very salient reminder of the real risks that exist when living in New Zealand.

Lyttelton Port Damaged in the Lesser Canterbury quake

Today’s NZ Herald details the damage sustained to Lyttelton Port by the 4 September Canterbury earthquake:

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch says about 40 per cent of its wharves were damaged by the September 4 earthquake.

The port said an assessment showed significant damage to one of its berths and extensive sinking at Cashin Quay…more here

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“We’re near AMI (The AMI rugby stadium, host to the RWC 2011 matches)  Just saw about it on BBC but nothing anywhere else. glad was not worse cause would not know what to do.”

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4 thoughts on “Wellington Earthquake, Are You Prepared?

  1. The World Bank has said its ready to provide specialists to Japan to aid with recovery and reconstruction, even though Japan hasn’t been entitled to WB support since the 1960s, we’re not aware of similar assistance being offered to New Zealand, or if such an offer were made but declined.

    Already the focus has shifted to the greater natural disaster in Japan and with it will go much of the financial assistance. The window of opportunity is closing fast, unless New Zealand asks now for aid and stops thinking that it can bluff its way through this there are many dark years ahead.

  2. Very good points. It is not a race, Kiwis. It is another human tragedy in a disturbing pattern of recent seismic activity in the Pacific. Maybe they are feeling a wee attention void now that the world focus has switched to a much worse disaster than the one they experienced in Christchurch.

  3. VERY poor taste, other countries were offering help within an hour or two of the quake and we believe that America is already on the case. We’ve seen no examples of other countries seeking to make political capital out of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, just New Zealand.

    45 countries are standing by with search and rescue teams and/or humanitarian aid, the UK’s International Rescue Corps and Rapid UK are on four hours notice of departure to Japan. The UN says the first to arrive in Japan will be from the US, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.

    The NZ teams won’t leave until tonight NZ time, and Australian search and rescue teams and sniffer dogs are ready this evening.

    Key could have been a lot more humble in his choice of words, something along the lines of ‘we valued the help Japan gave us and we’re ready and able to reciprocate in their time of need’

  4. NZ Herald March 12
    Japan earthquake coverage
    Zeelend boasting about being first on the scene…”(Key) said the early call for help showed the New Zealand team was world class. They proved that and when the Japanese team came and worked alongside them in Christchurch they saw first hand just how good our people are!'”
    Does this seem like poor taste, to cover such a tragic event by tooting their own horn loudly instead of offering up to the minute and thorough coverage of the events? This is the sort of thing they criticise other countries for.

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