Buller District Council

Earthquake- Information

14th November, 2016

Following on from the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks today, please be aware of the following:

  • Power remains out in up to 40% of Buller District. All efforts being made to restore but all lines should be treated as live.Note bad weather expected later today
  • ROAD CLOSURE – State Highway 7 – Springs junction to Hanmer Springs is closed.

Please note this advice:

Thunderstorms lie just off the West Coast.  A significant amount of rain is expected to fall in 12 hours for coastal areas (up to150mm).  As we are having regular aftershocks from the  Marlborough-North Canterbury earthquake residents should ensure they stock up on food and water and have cash available.

Driving conditions will be hazardous tonight.  Some roads and hills may have been weakened by the earthquake and heavy rain landing on them may weaken the ground further.

Move objects away from potential flooding areas.  People in these areas are advised to look out for rapidly rising streams and rivers, slips and surface flooding.

Please keep up to date with local information by listening to your local FM station. Westport and surrounding areas please listen to Coast FM on 96.5FM.

Updates are also available at www.civildefence.govt.nz


  • Listen to your local radio stations as emergency management officials will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.
  • Expect to feel aftershocks.
  • Check yourself for injuries and get first aid if necessary. Help others if you can.
  • Be aware that electricity supply could be cut and fire alarms and sprinkler systems can go off in buildings during an earthquake even if there is no fire.  Check for, and extinguish, small fires.
  • If you are in a damaged building, try to get outside and find a safe, open place.  Use the stairs, not the elevators.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and stay out of damaged areas.
  • Only use the phone for short essential calls to keep the lines clear for emergency calls.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window, get everyone out quickly and turn off the gas if you can.  If you see sparks, broken wires or evidence of electrical system damage, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box if it is safe to do so.
  • Keep your animals under your direct control as they can become disorientated.  Take measures to protect your animals from hazards, and to protect other people from your animals.
  • If your property is damaged, take notes and photographs for insurance purposes.  If you rent your property, contact your landlord and your contents insurance company as soon as possible.

Information for being prepared for an earthquake is available at http://www.getthru.govt.nz/ 



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