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It has been with great sad­ness we have watched the im­ages and heard the sto­ries of our friends and fam­ily af­fected by Sun­day night’s ter­ri­ble earth­quake and the on­go­ing af­ter­shocks.

It has also sparked a few con­ver­sa­tions in our fam­ily and more than a lit­tle anx­i­ety for the younger mem­bers in par­tic­u­lar.

We have dis­cussed with the chil­dren the pos­si­bil­ity that one day we could also face a large earth­quake in the Queen­stown, Wanaka and Cen­tral Otago ar­eas.

We have talked about what ac­tions we should take, safe places to meet and what sup­plies we have avail­able and where.

We truly hope we never have to put this into ac­tion but the re­al­ity is that many in the sci­en­tific world be­lieve the Alpine Fault is due to move.

GNS science has said there was a 30 per cent chance of a large earth­quake on the Alpine Fault in the next 50 years.

If any­thing good can come of this week’s tragic events it is that we are pre­pared for the fu­ture.

– Deb­bie Jamieson

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