West Coast ShakeOut exercise September 18th 2009 : observation of the exercise on the West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

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Coomer, M.A.; Johnston, D.M.; Wilson, T.; Becker, J.S.; Orchiston, C.; Page, S. 2009 West Coast ShakeOut exercise September 18th 2009 : observation of the exercise on the West Coast, South Island, New Zealand. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2009/65 10 p.

Abstract: The 2009 West Coast ShakeOut was an earthquake exercise run on Friday 18th September on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The exercise was held in conjunction with Operation Ru Whenua, an exercise to test local Civil Defence response to an 8.2 magnitude rupture of the Alpine Fault. The Alpine Fault which runs almost the length of the South Island experiences a major rupture approximately every 100 – 300 years and a major rupture is expected within the next 50 years. The West Coast ShakeOut exercise was based on the California ShakeOut exercise of 2008, and actively involved participants from schools, businesses and local communities in a ‘what if’ scenario to educate West Coasters about preparedness for what could be a potentially devastating earthquake event. Observers visited West Coast schools on the day of the ShakeOut exercise, and this report records comments and questions from children at those schools. (auth)