Story: Active faults

Wellington Fault crossing Thorndon

Wellington Fault crossing Thorndon

The Wellington Fault passes through the suburb of Thorndon, which was built before people knew that there was a major fault. There are now restrictions on constructing high-rise buildings in the area, and the Wellington City Council has plotted the location of the fault on its planning maps so that people buying houses or land are aware of its location. Premier House, the official home of the prime minister, is right beside the fault line.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Active faults - Building on or near active faults', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4355/wellington-fault-crossing-thorndon (accessed 29 March 2017)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006