Wellington homes repair costs predicted to be a third higher than in Christchurch in a big quake

  • A Wellington quake could leave up to half of the city’s houses unliveable and the average repair cost per home a third higher than in Christchurch.

Victoria University senior lecturer Geoff Thomas made the predictions after studies suggested many of the features common among quake-damaged Christchurch homes were rife in the Capital.

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Aftershocks from the November 14, 2016 magnitude 7.5 earthquake are depicted running northeast along the Kaikoura coast towards Cook Strait and Wellington.