Time for a break

Let’s have an earthquake

  • D. J. Van Brink Bay of Plenty Electric Power Board, Whakatane, New Zealand


The following paper recounts the loss of supply and subsequent restoration of the Bay of Plenty Electric Power Board' s sub transmission and distribution systems following the advent of the Edgecumbe earthquake of 2 March 1987. The paper details the effects on the Board's customers and staff, restoration procedures, and matters relating to the restoration of supply and repair of the distribution system. The emphasis is more on the operational and organisational aspects of the event, rather than being a report of structural damage and remedial repairs. Technical aspects of this sort are dealt with in greater detail by other organisations.

How to Cite
Van Brink, D. J. (1988). Time for a break. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 21(4), 237-246. https://doi.org/10.5459/bnzsee.21.4.237-246