Story: Active faults

Wellington Fault near Totara Park, Upper Hutt (1st of 2)

Wellington Fault near Totara Park, Upper Hutt

The most recent rupture on the Wellington Fault has formed a low, straight scarp across California Park, Upper Hutt. Subdivision of the land in the 1960s took account of the fault, and no houses were built directly across it. It forms the centre berm in California Drive (upper left). The position of the fault is marked with arrows.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Active faults - Building on or near active faults', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017