Quake Aftermath

1 libraryKapiti Council says all is well despite major quake

By Alan Tristram

The Kapiti Coast District Council says its  buildings — including libraries, pools and the Civic Administration Building — are open as usual this morning after inspections revealed they suffered no structural damage in yesterday’s earthquake.

Some ceiling tiles were dislodged in the Civic Building and a number of staff turned up for work this morning to find files littering the floor. There was no other damage to the newly earthquake-strengthened building.

Whilst the Emergency Operations Centre wasn’t activated after yesterday’s earthquake, a small number of Council staff turned up to coordinate assessments and get out information.

Libraries and pools were closed, with the exception of Waikanae outdoor pool, immediately after the earthquake while building and property inspectors visited the various sites to check for any damage.

They are all open again this morning. Inspections revealed that water and wastewater services appear to have escaped unscathed. Local controller Tamsin Evans says yesterday’s quake is a timely reminder of the need to be prepared.

She says: “Again, Kāpiti appears to have escaped significant damage or disruption but any earthquake should be seen as a reminder to make sure you have your emergency kit and essential supplies on hand and have prepared a family plan.”