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.

Quake-Proofing Your Warehouse


The fear of consumers, however, stem not only from the damage of the facilities but of the goods as well.

In Blenheim, supermarkets and warehouses have taken action against potential risks posed by the recent earthquakes in Christchurch. PAK’nSAVE, a supermarket under the Foodstuffs group, integrated storage solutions into their warehouse that could withstand earthquakes despite the load on the beams.

Earthquakes are one of the most dangerous natural calamities, often causing irreparable damage to your products. With quality pallet racking systems, however, you have a storage system that is capable of surviving less perilous yet just as destructive incidents, such as forklift damage or unexpected collapses.

With the risks of losing consumer trust during natural calamities, taking safety precautions with your warehouse storage is best for your business. Visit today and invest in a pallet racking system with us.