Warning over the 'genuine risk' of a megathrust quake, and how NZ would cope




For the first time, scientists have brought local councils, iwi and civil defence orginisations together this week to share their knowledge and debate how New Zealand would cope with a devastating megathrust earthquake. 

The danger posed by a huge fault line that runs through NZ is being discussed at a summit.
Source: 1 NEWS

Experts warn a potential 8.4 magnitude quake off the east coast could release 2,000 times more energy than the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake. 

The risk is the Hikurangi subduction zone, a massive fault line running from Marlborough and right past the East Coast where the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates collide.

GNS Scientist Doctor Laura Wallace told 1 NEWS "it's a massive plate boundary fault and subduction zones because they're so large have the potential to produce the worlds largest earthquake and tsunamis."

Marcus Hayes-Jones from Napier Civil Defence said he "can't emphasise how serious" New Zealand must take this "genuine risk."

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