Alpine Fault: Planning for the Next Big Earthquake

Alpine Fault: Planning for the Next Big Earthquake

What might happen – what can we do?

The spine of the South Island’s most significant earthquake risk, the Alpine Fault, runs right through the Wakatipu. It is known to produce magnitude 8 earthquakes approximately every 300 years. The last time this happened was 301 years ago.

Dr Caroline Orchiston is the science lead for Project AF8 – a government funded, multi-agency initiative tasked to improve the South Island’s collective response capability to deal with a future magnitude 8 earthquake.

At this Catalyst Trust event, on Wednesday, May 16, Dr Orchiston will outline the progress of Project AF8 so far and describe some of the key issues that will face Queenstown, including tourist management. She will cover both the science behind the Alpine Fault and why – and how – we should be working to improve our preparedness for this inevitable future seismic event.

Please note change of venue to QT Hotel, accessed through Rydges – Wednesday May 16, 7 – 8:30 PM.
Or meet from 6.30pm at Red’s Bar to start the conversation.

Please register at [email protected] as seats are limited.
More info at
$5 Koha at door