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.
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.
Otago councils have agreed to investigate a joint approach to deal with earthquake-prone buildings.
A series of earthquakes over magnitude 5.0 has rattled the Kermadec Islands over the weekend.
A 4.8 magnitude aftershock has rattled Christchurch this afternoon.
Insurance companies refusing to cover Dunedin's infrastructure because of post-earthquake fears about their own exposure are not turning down business.
The Alaska Earthquake Information Centre says a major earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 has been recorded in the Pacific Ocean off Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands.