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Bernard Orsman

Bernard Orsman is Super City reporter for the NZ Herald.

Auckland's earthquake risk revealed

Auckland is a long way from high earthquake activity, a GNS study has revealed. Photo / Thinkstock
Auckland is a long way from high earthquake activity, a GNS study has revealed. Photo / Thinkstock

Auckland is a long way from high earthquake activity and can expect a major shake every 10,000 to 20,000 years, says a new study.

The research by GNS Science has been presented to Auckland councillors today as part of talks on a submission to the Buildings (Earthquake Prone Building) Amendment Bill.

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Council civil defense and emergency management director Clive Manley said the city did have earthquakes but over a 10,000 year period would have four Japan size tsunamis, 10 volcanic eruptions and thousands of floods.

The council broadly supports the bill but wants greater focus in Auckland on other potential natural disasters.

It also wants a focus on reducing the risk of building features, such parapets and heavy ornaments, falling from building.

- NZ Herald

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