Story: Active faults

Building near the Wellington Fault (2nd of 2)

Building near the Wellington Fault

The central berm of California Drive in Totara Park, Upper Hutt, was designed for earthquake safety. If the Wellington Fault ruptures again in an earthquake, it is hoped that damage will be minimised because of the restriction on buildings and traffic along this section of the fault. The houses are built 20 metres back from either side of the centre traffic islands.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Active faults - Building on or near active faults', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4360/building-near-the-wellington-fault (accessed 2 June 2020)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017