Earthquake

Earthquakes

​New Zealand is known as the shaky isles and Hamilton is no exception.

Severe weather

Hamilton is vulnerable to severe storms including cyclones and tornadoes.

Severe Weather
Pandemic

Pandemics

COVID-19 has shown us how vulnerable we can be, and another pandemic may affect us in the future.

Floods

Extreme rainfall is increasing, and we are prone to flooding from severe weather patterns, especially tropical cyclones and depressions.​​ View our flood hazard areas.

Flood
Lifeline Disruption

Lifeline disruption

The infrastructure that provides services such as electricity could fail.

Fires

Large urban and wild fires can affect Hamilton at any time.

Fire
Mass Casualty

Mass casualty

As a large city and major transportation hub, mass casualty could occur in Hamilton.

Chemical spills

Hamilton has a major hazard facility and hazardous substances are transported through the city regularly.

Chemical Spill
Climate Change

Climate change

Weather patterns are changing, and extreme weather events are becoming more intense, and more common.

Terrorism

As a major city, Hamilton may be impacted by a terrorism incident.

Terrorism
Volcano

Volcanic ashfall

Volcanic ashfall from volcanoes in Auckland, Tongariro or Taranaki is a real possibility.

Drought

A major drought may limit our drinking water supplies from the Waikato River.

Drought
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Last updated 21 June 2022