The Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is required to
consider any and all hazards that may lead to a declaration of a
state of local emergency. These hazards must be of significant
enough to be beyond the ability of emergency services to cope.
The most likely hazards of the Bay of Plenty region to reach
this threshold are the major natural hazards:
eruption or a threatening eruption from any one of the volcanic
centres of the region, or adjacent to the region.
of high-magnitude which can occur within any of the seismic
(earthquake) fault belts of the region, or from sources adjacent to
- Flooding or
other storm-related damage throughout the region.
- Tsunami impact
on the coastline of the region.
It is possible that other, technological (human-made) hazards
could also cause major damage to parts of the region.
Such impacts could be generated by:
- Failure of a hydro, water storage or natural dam
- Explosion of a large fuel storage or industrial facility
- Fire in a toxic chemicals storage or manufacturing area,
possibly including a bulk carrier of one kind or another, leading
to high-volume gas release
- Catastrophic transport accident, including an aircraft crash
within an urban area.
Maps of hazardous areas