Hastings. With a magnitude of 7.8, the earthquake killed at least 256 people and injured thousands.
Fires broke out minutes after the earthquake and the local landscape changed dramatically. This is an example of how destructive tectonic plates can be, proving that New Zealand is very vulnerable to these natural hazards. But New Zealand is not only vulnerable to tectonic hazards, there are also weather related hazards.
Being in the westerly wind belt means that New Zealand receives strong winds and heavy rains.
Rapid runoff is when there is too much rain for the earth to absorb, which leads to flooding, New