查看完整版本 : Earthquake rock Mt Hutt

2010-09-04, 15:46
Fresh snow and high winds created a "recipe for avalanches" at Mt Hutt during today's earthquake with at least 12 "reasonably large" avalanches were set off.

The 7.1 magnitude quake was centred near Darfield, 44km away from Mt Hutt.

Opening was delayed for an hour and a half while staff check equipment and assessed avalanche risk. Checks found no risk to skiers and boarders.

"The ski-area is looking good, but outside the boundary is another thing. There's no control out there, so it's very important people stick to the tracks."

Power was out for most of the morning but Hooker said it was "business as usual".

"Methvan locals are pretty resilient, this wouldn't put them off a good day on the mountain."

Queenstown's skii slopes were not affected.

Coronet Peak Spokesperson Nadia Ellis said: "The roads are fine, the lifts are fine, we've got great conditions.