Funny thing eric that in the last few years here there has been a real ramping up of the talk about a "possible large Wellington earthquake" and the possible ramifiications.
Wellington's earthquake risk revealed
If a big earthquake hits Wellington, the city could be cut off for four months, power and gas not fully restored for three months and without sewerage for several months, a new report warns.
The Wellington Lifelines Group, made up of utility operators and civil defence authorities from local and central government, released a report today examining the restoration of key infrastructure after a major rupture of the Wellington Fault.
The report comes after six months of research by the members, the group's chairwoman Fran Wilde said.
"This report has taken a worst-case scenario - a Wellington Fault rupture measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale,'' Ms Wilde said.
"It is important to stress that the chances of a quake of this magnitude in the near future are small. A major rupture is predicted to occur approximately every 840 years, and since the last one was 300 years ago, hopefully we have some time to build our resilience.''
She says the "risk is small" but they keep bringing it to the public consciousness over and over. Strange.