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Alpine Fault Roadshow Coming to Oxford

Waimakariri residents will have a chance to hear from leading earthquake scientists when the award-winning AF8 (Alpine Fault magnitude 8) Roadshow visits Oxford as part of a South Island tour.

The AF8 Roadshow: The Science Beneath Our Feet features public science talks and interactive classroom sessions designed to share the story of the Alpine Fault, the impacts and consequences of a future magnitude 8 earthquake, and how people can become better prepared for it.

The Roadshow arrives in Oxford on Monday 30 March. It will visit classrooms at Oxford School before hosting a public meeting at 7pm in the Oxford Town Hall. This will be an opportunity to hear about the likely hazard impacts of an Alpine Earthquake in the region and how residents can be better prepared for such an event.

Waimakariri District Emergency Management Advisor, Brennan Wiremu, encourages people to attend “We’ve heard the great feedback from last year’s events, so we’re excited to have Science Beneath Our Feet visit Oxford. We know the Alpine Fault will have a significant impact on our District, so the more we understand the science behind it, the better we are placed to prepare and respond.”

EQC Head of Resilience Strategy and Research Dr. Jo Horrocks says it’s vital that South Island communities continue to connect with information about the risks posed by the Alpine Fault and how they can prepare “The Alpine Fault is one of Aotearoa’s most well-known natural hazards. We’re proud to support AF8’s outreach work to help us translate knowledge of the risk into preparedness actions that will make our homes and communities more resilient when future quakes occur.”

AF8 Science-lead, Dr. Caroline Orchiston agrees “While we can’t predict when earthquakes will occur, scientific research has shown that the Alpine Fault has a history of generating regular, large earthquakes. The next major Alpine Fault event is likely to occur within the lifetime of most of us, or of our children and young people, for whom it will have major short and long-term impacts.”

This year’s Roadshow will tour the South Island from 17 March until 8 May 2020, and has been made possible with funding from the Earthquake Commission (EQC). The full itinereray is available here.

The Facebook event for the Oxford public meeting can be found here.

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