Hikurangi Response Plan

Planning for a rupture of New Zealand’s largest fault, the Hikurangi subduction zone, has kicked into motion, with scientists certain it’s a case of when, not if.

We know the Hikurangi subduction zone can produce large earthquakes and tsunamis, and these events have occurred in the past. This knowledge, combined with current research suggesting there is a greater likelihood of a rupture following the Kaikoura/Hurunui earthquake in 2016, and increased pressure building on the fault is the driving force behind this project. 

Emergency managers, scientists, and key stakeholders will work together to develop the Hikurangi Response Plan. This will outline how to respond to a Hikurangi subduction zone earthquake, and how to enhance communities’ earthquake and tsunami preparedness.

For more information: https://www.eastcoastlab.org.nz/our-science/our-projects/hikurangiresponseplan/