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Recent earthquakes reminder to be wary at swim spots

Recent earthquakes reminder to be wary at swim spots

Monday’s 6.2 magnitude earthquake and its resulting after shocks is a timely reminder for swimmers to be wary when swimming near cliffs over the remainder of the summer.

This week Horizons staff will be visiting popular swimming spots around the Region to check warning signs are in place to ensure swimmers are aware of cliff hazards.

“Although the cliffs at or near many popular swimming spots are generally stable, yesterday’s earthquake could have reduced stability and in some cases parts of cliff faces may have collapsed into rivers, for example a significant amount of material slipped off ANZAC cliffs, leaving quite a large overhang that could collapse at any time,” says group manager catchment operations, Allan Cook.

“Often cliff collapse can occur without warning so we recommend people chose swimming spots away from cliffs when possible, and when not, to keep as much distance between themselves and the cliffs as possible.”

Some of the swim spots that will be checked include Totara and Raumai Reserves on the Pohangina River and ANZAC Cliffs on the Manawatu River.

Other hazards swimmers should watch out for include sunken logs, rocks and over hanging trees. Swimmers should also look out for musty smelling, black slimy mat-like algae known as blue-green algae.

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