Roadshow about Alpine Fault

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by Greta Yeoman

The science and impact of an earthquake on the Alpine Fault will be the topic of two workshops in the Mackenzie district next week.

The “Science Beneath Our Feet” AF8 Roadshow will come to Twizel on April 12 and Aoraki/Mt Cook on April 13, as part of a South Island-wide tour to areas most likely to be affected by an earthquake from the Alpine Fault.

A rupture along the fault line, which runs along the Southern Alps, is predicted to occur within the lifetime of most people, or their children, with major short and long-term impacts.

Because of this threat, a team of scientists is presenting its research around the country, including in Twizel and Aoraki/Mt Cook.

The speakers include Dr Caroline Orchiston, who is the deputy director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago, and Prof Brendon Bradley, of the University of Canterbury.

Prof Bradley is a professor of earthquake engineering in the department of civil and natural resources engineering at the University of Canterbury and is also the director of QuakeCoRE: The New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience.

Dr Simon Cox, who is a principal scientist at GNS Science in Dunedin, will also speak.

Dr Cox and Prof Bradley are speaking only at the Mackenzie events.

The roadshow is supported by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, the six South Island CDEM (Civil Defence Emergency Management) groups, Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, GNS Science, QuakeCoRE and the University of Otago.

The Twizel AF8 Public Science Talk will be held at the Twizel Events Centre on Friday, April 12, at 7pm.

There will also be a public talk at Aoraki/Mt Cook Village on Saturday, April 13, at 1.30pm.

The venue is to be confirmed. For more information, visit projectaf8.co.nz.