Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Hikurangi fault research will help NZ to be better prepared

9 March 2018

Hikurangi fault research will help New Zealand to be better prepared

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is welcoming GNS Science’s announcement of two sub-seafloor observatories that will study the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand’s largest earthquake and tsunami hazard.

“Scientific research helps us to better understand our hazards and risks, which we use to strengthen our plans and arrangements to help make sure we’re better prepared for disasters. The underwater observatories project to study the Hikurangi project are a great example of science working to help keep us safe,” says MCDEM Director Sarah Stuart-Black.

The Hikurangi subduction is sits off the east coast of the North Island, and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire where the Pacific tectonic plate dives beneath the Australian plate. There are still lots of unknowns about this subduction zone, however scientists believe the Hikurangi subduction zone is capable of generating earthquakes greater than magnitude 8, with the potential to generate large tsunamis.

“Understanding more about these zones and their ability to generate large tsunamis will allow for better risk modelling and hazard preparation for our coastal communities.

“As we learn more about the science we continue to refine our response and recovery plans. However, New Zealand is already well prepared through planning, public education and the development of local evacuation zones.”

Mrs Stuart Black says the Hikurangi subduction zone has the potential to cause a local source tsunami.

“If this fault generated a tsunami, the first waves could arrive within minutes. This is why it’s important to remember Long or Strong Get Gone, because there may not be time to issue an official warning.”

To find out more about staying safe in a tsunami and to check out your region’s evacuation maps, visit

To find out more about getting prepared, and to make a plan for your household, visit


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Reserve Bank: RBNZ To Implement $30bn Large Scale Asset Purchase Programme Of NZ Govt Bonds

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to implement a Large Scale Asset Purchase programme (LSAP) of New Zealand government bonds. The negative economic implications of the coronavirus outbreak have continued to intensify. The Committee ... More>>


Elevate NZ: Venture Fund To Lift Productivity

The Government’s new $300 million venture capital fund - announced in last year’s Budget – is now open for business as the Elevate NZ Venture Fund. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says lifting New Zealand's productivity requires well-functioning ... More>>


COVID-19: Case Confirmed In NZ – Expert Reaction

After spreading across the globe for months, the first case of COVID-19 has been reported in New Zealand. The Ministry of Health says the risk of a community outbreak is low, due to their preparedness and the high awareness of the disease. The Science ... More>>


Agriculture: New Legislation To Boost Organics

New organics legislation will boost consumer confidence and help grow an innovative sector, says Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor. “The Organics Product Bill, introduced to Parliament this week, aims to increase consumer confidence when purchasing ... More>>


Biodiversity Policy: Misinformation Circulating

Forest & Bird is concerned at misinformation circulating regarding a policy statement aimed at protecting New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity is being consulted on by the ... More>>