More fault lines in Hamilton
Hamilton’s not known for earthquakes, but it’s on top of more fault lines than we knew.
University of Waikato researchers with echo sounders have found 25 potential fault zones in the bed of the Waikato River.
At least four of those might still be active, Dr Vicki Moon and Dr Willem de Lange say.
One is in north Hamilton, around Osborne Road, and the Kukutaruhe Fault cuts through Hamilton from Temple View to Rototuna.
Another two are in the southeastern Te Tatua o Wairere fault zone - a fault running between Rukuhia and Hillcrest, and a second branching out towards Tamahere.
This information doesn’t necessarily mean Hamilton is likely to get stronger earthquakes, nor are they more likely, de Lange said.
Initial results say the maximum earthquake magnitude for the city would remain at 6.8.
‘‘but there could be more shaking and more damage to infrastructure such as sewerage pipes, roads, and other services’’.
That would affect recovery efforts.
Dr Willem De Lange.