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Building On Rubber To Make Homes More Earthquake-Resilient


As in most nations formed near fault lines, earthquakes are seen as a part of life in New Zealand, and they are weaved into the indigenous mythology of the islands. Rūaumoko, a Māori god, is said to cause the rumbling of quakes and the hiss of volcanic activity as he moves below the earth. Māori have recorded multiple large-scale earthquakes throughout their oral history, including one at Rotorua said to have claimed the lives of 1,000 people. European colonists in Wellington were ill-prepared for their first significant earthquake in 1848 – the quake and its aftershocks destroyed the many stone ...


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