Last year, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand, resulting in significant damage to buildings and infrastructure in northern Canterbury and southern Marlborough. It was the country’s strongest one since the 1968 Inangahua earthquake, surpassing the calamity’s magnitude 7.1.
To this day, earthquakes come and go in New Zealand, and residents continue to prepare for the worst.
Warehouses and Earthquakes – Is There a Middleground?
The Insurance Council of New Zealand remarks that all industry warehouses should focus on engineering their facilities and investing in quality pallet racking to ensure their seismic restraint. When air conditioners, telecommunication towers, and storage systems collapse, they threaten both life and property. Failure to comply, says the Insurance Council, will only lead to more damage.
With every strong quake, the economy of New Zealand also suffers. Clothing, shoes and durable goods, such as whiteware and furniture, were the frontrunners of the decline after the Kaikōura earthquake. Although the effects were short-lived, the retail industry and spending activities of Kiwis both go through a slump due to the damage.