Is it safe to Travel to New Zealand?

With the south islands largest city, Christchurch struck by an earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale on Saturday morning. Effecting many homes and businesses the earthquake’s epicentre was said to occur in an area which previously did not show tectonic movement.
The city’s airport is now back in operation, but tourists who have booked to visit the region in the upcoming weeks are being asked by local authorities to postpone their plans. With the rest of New Zealand remaining unaffected it is still safe and open for tourism, in the Christchurch region local authorities are asking people planning a visit to allow locals to sort themselves out before adding additional strain.
More than 80 aftershocks where felt after the large tremor, with New Zealand falling above two tectonic plates 14,000 are recorded yearly with only 150 felt by residents.
The rest of New Zealand is safe for travel so if you have booked a holiday to other regions I shouldn’t worry.
With earth quakes in New Zealand being more regular than here in the UK here are some tips should you ever experience one.
If Indoors
1) Drop to the ground and take cover underneath some sturdy furniture such as a table until the shacking stops, if there is no furniture cover your head and face and crouch in the corner of the room.
2) Make sure you stay away from glass including windows, and anything than could fall like lighting fixtures and furnishings.
3) If the earthquake takes place while you are in bed, stay there and cover your head with a pillow. Unless there is a heavy light fitting above you, in this case move the next safe place.
4) Stay inside until the shacking stops

If you are outside
1) Stay there, move away from street lights, tall buildings and utility wires
2) Once in the open stay there, most accidents happen just outside buildings and exterior walls, by falling debris.
If in a moving vehicle
1) Stop where it is safe and stay in the vehicle, avoid stopping near buildings, under trees, street lights, under passes and utility wires.
2) Proceed once the shaking has stopped but avoid bridges, roads, ramps etc which may have been damaged by the quake.
I hope this helps anyone who has been worrying about their trip to New Zealand, remember earthquakes may happen more frequently there than at home, but it is unlikely they will affect you, make sure you are careful if one does occur and remember these instructions.
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