New Zealand’s recent tremors are a serious concern. Since the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake hit on 14th November, the country has experienced over 8,000 recorded aftershocks; the most serious of which was the 4.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Central NZ on 7th December.

It’s no secret that an earthquake is extremely destructive to standing structures. But one of the buildings most at risk during an earthquake is a fully-stocked warehouse, with an array of potentially harmful materials and chemicals stored within.

Preparing a warehouse for an earthquake is difficult, but it can be done. There are various issues to consider.  First, does the building meet the local building codes? Local regulations mandate that all buildings should be built according to strict earthquake standards. Second, is the building in an area at high risk of an earthquake? Historical earthquake data and information from the local geological authorities should be checked to find out if an earthquake is likely to hit the area in the foreseeable future.

The third most critical area to focus on are the contents of the warehouse. Are the shelves built to withstand a strong tremor without toppling over or dropping their contents?  Sturdy shelving can help to prevent, or at least mitigate, damage to warehouse contents during an earthquake. Our proprietary Dura Pallet superior heavy duty pallet racking system is a good example.

Fourth, and finally, take note of items such as gas stoves and water tanks which could pose a serious threat if displaced, or if the contents spilled. These should either be taken out of the warehouse immediately or moved to a safer place within the building.

Nobody can stop an earthquake. But, it pays to do everything in one’s power to limit the damage it causes, especially to a fully stocked warehouse. Contact the Shelving Shop Group today, and we’ll gladly be of service.