Earthquakes happen without warning. Smaller earthquakes are happening all the time – you can check these earthquakes one the Geonet website – but a large earthquake can be frightening and damaging.
However, there is a lot you can do to prepare for a large earthquake and be sure you can cope better with the impacts on you and those you care for.
Hikurangi Subduction Zone
The Hikurangi subduction zone is potentially the largest source of earthquake and tsunami hazard in New Zealand, but there is still much to learn about it. Planning for a rupture of 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.