Musical Plates

The following local report was submitted by Hannah. She is 14 years old and in year 10 (US equivalent of 9th grade) at Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland, New Zealand.

Here in New Zealand we are reasonably prone to having earthquakes. New Zealand is placed in the middle of two plates. Due to this, we have several major fault lines throughout New Zealand. Luckily for us, these two plates arenít vigorously moving. We donít get many serious, or high rating earthquakes (on the Richter Scale) in New Zealand. There are still many regulations, and safety plans put in place, to ensure the safety and well being of the New Zealand public.

There are several building regulations that have been put in place to insure that all the building are built safely, so they will mostly be able to withstand  the pressures of earthquakes. It is a huge danger to everyone involved if buildings arenít built to these regulations. If the building/facility is not up to regulation, it wouldnít get its safety certificate, and if it is not modified to get up to New Zealandís building standards, the building/facility would have to be demolished. This is for the safety and well being of everyone involved.

Every main area in New Zealand has a civil defense plan. There is an area strategically placed to be a safe spot, where (in emergencies) everyone in their specific area would be recommended to gather. There are also guidelines that can be obtained, written by civil defense organizations, to help people in New Zealand be prepared to deal with civil emergencies.

There are teams of professionals always monitoring the fault lines. Their jobs are to observe the earthís movements, monitor, judge, and try and predict the earthquakes in the future. There are teams of people trying to find new ways to predict, and monitor more accurately the earthís movements. These programs have been put in place with the publicís well being in mind. This will hopefully (in the future) be able to give the public warning about earthquakes, and the earthís movements.

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