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Why is New Zealand a dangerous place to live?

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Why is New Zealand a dangerous place to live? New Zealand is located in the southwest of the Pacific Ocean, southeast of Australia. This beautiful country has many high lands, huge rivers and mountains, which are steep, very jagged and glaciated. There is plenty of ash over the North Island resulting from volcanic eruptions. What makes this amazing country so dangerous is that so many natural hazards exist here. New Zealand situated right through the ring of fire. This is a zone where frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions happen. New Zealand's volcanoes occur by the Indo-Australian plate going underneath the Pacific plate which melts causing the burst of lava, and the treacherous volcano. ...read more.

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If the water gets in, the whole city could be destroyed. Lake Taupo was formed 3000 years ago by a mammoth volcanic eruption. Another major natural hazard in New Zealand is the earthquakes. In 1931 Napia - South Island a massive earthquake hit this city. It destroyed many homes and buildings. The climate of the country is spectacular. When the wind, water and warm air from Australia meet the cold air from Antarctica the air is forced to rise above the Southern Alps causing immense rainfall. It is known that 9m of rain falls every year in New Zealand. This amount of rain is called RELIEF RAINFALL. This often results in floods. ...read more.

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Sheep were brought to the land and because they needed to pasture, trees were chopped down. Rabbits were also brought to the country. They ate away the vegetation covers, which meant that rain, could easily wash away the soil that would clog up river channels causing floods. The only possible way of coping with these hazards is to keep a constant check and monitor the earth's crust. Trees are being planted to try and replace some of the other ones that have been chopped down. Sadly though, this is very expensive, and it will take an awful long time for the country to rebuild its forests. There is no point in any of this being done though if all that's going to happen is more trees are to be cut down. ...read more.

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