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20 Jan 2021 6:31
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    The West Coast would be cut off for at least a week, if a major Alpine Fault earthquake hit the South Island

    The West Coast would be cut off for at least a week, if a major Alpine Fault earthquake hit the South Island



    Auckland University scientists have modelled the disruption a simulated quake would have on the transport network.

    They suggest it could block South Island highways in more than 120 places, leave 10-thousand people cut off, and cost the economy about 10-billion dollars.

    Transport Agency's Pete Connors says parts of the highway network wouldn't be accessible to workers, because of aftershock hazards - and would take months to rebuild.

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