Infrastructure being checked following this morning’s earthquake

Ashburton District Council staff have been out checking infrastructure following the magnitude 6.0 earthquake.

At this stage it appears that there has been no damage to any of the district's water networks which includes pipes and pumps.

The earthquake struck at 6.48am today (January 6) and was centred about 30km west of Arthur's Pass.

Group Manager Service Delivery Neil McCann says following an earthquake of that magnitude we were concerned about the district's water network and immediately checked to make sure it had not sustained any damage.

"There were no initial reports of any significant damage and staff are following up with a thorough investigation with the contractors to identify if there are minor leaks and to ensure everything is working as it should."

The earthquake caused no damage to any of Council's buildings.

Acting Emergency Manager Rick Catchpowle says the earthquake is a timely reminder for people to be prepared for emergencies.

"Leaving it until an emergency strikes may be too late so it is important to be prepared at all times."

It is important to ensure you have an emergency plan and kit with supplies for you and your loved ones for three days or more in the event of a disaster.

Your emergency kit should include:

  • Torch and radio with spare batteries
  • Any special needs such as hearing aids and spare batteries, glasses or mobility aids
  • Emergency water and easy-to-carry food rations such as energy bars and dried foods in case there are delays in reaching a welfare centre or a place where you might find support. If you have any special dietary requirements, ensure you have extra supplies
  • First aid kit and essential medicines
  • Essential items for infants or young children such as formula and food, nappies and a favourite toy
  • Change of clothes (wind/waterproof clothing and strong outdoor shoes)
  • Toiletries – towel, soap, toothbrush, sanitary items, toilet paper
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Face and dust masks
  • Click here to be taken to the Ashburton District Council's Civil Defence and Emergency Management page

Page reviewed: 07 Jan 2015 2:13pm