Since the earthquake in Christchurch and the one in Japan, our larger cities have been under the spotlight. According to records, many buildings in Auckland (where I live) are not earthquake proof. For the last few years we’ve had a series of ads on TV and other media about being prepared with an emergency kit. Like most people I pretty much ignored the ads. Not now. Experts say we have earthquakes every day in New Zealand. Who knew? I didn’t. I’ve never experienced an earthquake, and I really don’t want to lose my virgin status in this respect.
In our local paper this week they listed disasters that could strike those of us who live in Auckland. They included the likelihood of a hazard occuring and the possible impact on the Auckland population.
Thirteen Auckland Disaster Risks
1. Power failure – very high risk/possible/catastrophic (a problem with power crippled the central business district a few years ago)
2. Human epidemic – very high risk/possible/catastrophic (we’re big travellers with lots of planes coming and going each day)
3. Distant volcanic eruption – very high risk/likely/major
4. Cyclone – very high risk/likely/major
5. Flooding – very high risk/almost certain/moderate (flooding seems to be a problem in many areas during high rainfall)
6. Erosion: Coastal Cliff – very high risk/almost certain/moderate (there are lots of expensive homes perched on cliffs)
7. Auckland volcanic eruption – high risk/rare/catastrophic (I knew this was a possibility since Auckland is built on a field of volcanoes)
8. Animal epidemic – high risk/possible/major
9. Aircraft crash – high risk/possible/major
10. Earthquake – high risk/unlikely/major
11. Hazardous spill – high risk/likely/moderate
12. Erosion: Landslide – very high risk/almost certain/moderate (we’re quite a hilly city, but I wouldn’t have thought of this one)
13. Dam failure/Rural fire – low risk
Source – Manukau Courier, 15 Mar, 2011
Are you prepared? – a link to a website about being prepared for an emergency.
What disasters could strike where you live? Are you prepared with an emergency kit?