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new zealand earthquakes - advice from Kiwis please

Postby flying_carpet » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 8:14 am

I've booked a trip to New Zealand (flying into Christchurch and exploring the south island). I'll be there with my sister's family and her kids. We didn't think too much about this beforehand but after doing more research, it seems like New Zealand is very earthquake prone and quakes have become more frequent recently (Japan has 1,500 quakes per year while NZ has 20,000).

We are seriously thinking about cancelling the trip but wanted to hear from Kiwis on this forum. Seriously, what is the risk here? If there's a non-trivial risk we'll just cancel the trip and go elsewhere. It's not worth the risk imho - NZ is gorgeous but there are other choices.

We will be there over 10 days in December. Planning to stay a night in Christchurch, then going to take the Tranzalpine, visit Arthur's pass, the fjords, Queenstown etc.

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Postby Saint » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:54 am

Do you cross roads in Singapore?

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Postby zzm9980 » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:19 am

This is one of the more ridiculous things I've seen posted here in a long while.
OP, are you Italian by chance?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20025626

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Postby nakatago » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 11:36 am

Saint wrote:Do you cross roads in Singapore?


Or go outside your house for that matter?

C'mon, seriously. It's not like they have major earthquakes every week; otherwise, kiwiland would be an inhabitable, sheep-infested wasteland.

Just go. If it shakes, it shakes.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 4:07 pm

And, to be honest, it does shake with greater regularity in Christchurch. Ask Mad Scientist as he's spent the better part of two years there working for CERN in the aftermath of the big quake that did a lot of damage to Christchurch back in Feb 2011.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Chris ... earthquake


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