Quake hazards highlighted

A new earthquake hazard information website has been hailed as "a fantastic tool" for Bay of Plenty residents.

The Bay's Civil Defence chairman, John Forbes, urged people to visit the website www.shakeout.govt.nz/whyparticipate/  and select their region.

"The Bay of Plenty has the largest hazardscape in New Zealand," he said. More than 22 hazards were possible in the Bay, including natural hazards such as volcanic and geothermal activity, earthquakes, tsunami and floods.

Mr Forbes encouraged people to register for "ShakeOut", the largest earthquake drill in New Zealand history, on September 26, at 9.26am.

An estimated one million Kiwis will be dropping to the ground, taking cover under a sturdy desk or table and holding on.

"It is important for our community to not think if, but when, so that they are ready and can get through," he said.

Civil Defence Minister Chris Tremain said Tuesday's earthquake, centred off Taranaki, was a timely reminder for people to be prepared for the big one.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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