Earthquakes

Claim fault off coast 'real risk'

A Dunedin man is concerned Otago residents are not aware of a fault off the coast which could have an impact as great as the Alpine Fault in an earthquake.

Big unknown: Where Dunedin is in quake cycle

Otago is one of the least seismically active areas in the country, so what is the actual risk that an earthquake will topple the Dunedin Courthouse tower?

ShakeOut drill hailed as success

ShakeOut drill hailed as success

More than 50,000 people from Otago dropped to the floor and sheltered under desks and tables as part of yesterday's national "ShakeOut" earthquake drill, with organisers hailing it as a success.

When the Big One hits

When the Big One hits

Research published in June suggests a one-in-three chance of a magnitude 8 earthquake on the Alpine Fault sometime in the next 50 years. Bruce Munro spoke to scientists, civil defence staff and couples living in Dunedin, Queenstown and on the Maniototo to create this fictionalised account of how we might be affected if it happens this Wednesday.

Councils to align on quake policy

Otago councils have agreed to investigate a joint approach to deal with earthquake-prone buildings.

Quake drill planned

Quake drill planned

Dunedin's emergency response managers will take the opportunity during New Zealand's first nationwide earthquake drill to practise, in theory, how they would respond to an earthquake emergency in the city.

Series of quakes shakes Kermadecs

A series of earthquakes over magnitude 5.0 has rattled the Kermadec Islands over the weekend.

City urged against complacency over quakes

City urged against complacency over quakes

Although the odds of a major earthquake hitting Dunedin soon are relatively low, citizens "should not be complacent", geologist Prof Richard Norris warned yesterday.

More quakes shake Christchurch

A 4.8 magnitude aftershock has rattled Christchurch this afternoon.

Two-year deadline for quake buildings

Two-year deadline for quake buildings

Owners of Dunedin buildings have two years from next July to complete earthquake assessments, and work at a significant cost is expected to be uncovered.

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