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University of California Santa Cruz geophysicist Steven Ward, explains why our disaster planners have their work cut out planning for the inevitable Hikurangi Subduction Zone event that will surely cause devastation along the East Coast, and beyond when it eventually occurs.

There is no point in re-writing his thesis - read about it here from today's NZH, and work out your own line of retreat fro when it happens, if you have time that is. I have not seen the situation described in such graphic terms previously, and it does seem that we have been kept in the dark as to what could happen. 

Most of the very descriptive graphics relate to the East Coast and Christchurch as regards the major fall-out, but one can assume that our own Eastern Seaboard will be subject to the same total inundation and wipe-out. Our Council should take very good note of just how it has permitted development to take place - was it simply not privy to this information, or was it blinded by the temporary fiscal benefits blandished by white-shoe brigade?

We have surely been left 'carrying the can.'




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