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Civil Defence Minister Chris Tremain says the earthquake centred off the Taranaki Coast is a timely reminder for New Zealanders to be earthquake prepared.
“The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has just upgraded its ShakeOut website with a link that now provides information about regional earthquake hazards. http://www.shakeout.govt.nz/whyparticipate/
“While earthquake hazard varies from region to region, there is no room for complacency. All of New Zealand is earthquake prone. A major earthquake could happen anywhere and people need to know what to do when that happens. Understanding a hazard helps in any emergency situation.
“I would urge all New Zealanders to participate in the New Zealand ShakeOut earthquake drill at 9:26am on Wednesday 26th September (9:26-26:9).
“The message is very simple “Drop, Cover and Hold,” says Mr Tremain.