Section 1 - Overview and preliminary questions

Kia ora

We would like to know your views on the potential of having an Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system here in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

An Earthquake Early Warning is an alert you might get about an earthquake that has occurred (e.g. via mobile phone, TV, radio) shortly before shaking begins in your location. If you are very close to the centre of an earthquake, you will not get a warning before shaking starts; however if you are further away you might receive an alert a few seconds to minutes before shaking begins.

We don’t have an EEW system here in Aotearoa-New Zealand right now, but are investigating whether it would be of benefit for us.

This survey asks a series of 20 questions about your views on EEW and should take about 15 minutes of your time. You need to be 18 years or over to fill in the questionnaire. Filling in the questionnaire implies that you are consenting to participate. Your replies will remain anonymous and we will only report on broad trends. The survey will close at 5pm, Tuesday 30 April, 2019.

We want to thank you in advance for taking the time to share your experiences and views with us. These are very important and will help us to improve earthquake preparedness here in New Zealand.

This research is funded by the Earthquake Commission (EQC), with support from Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, the Strategic Science Investment Fund, the Alpine Fault Magnitude 8 (AF8) initiative and QuakeCoRE. It is also part of a research collaboration between NZ, Japan and the US.

Ngā mihi,

Julia Becker (Massey University), Sally Potter (GNS Science) and Ben Payne 

For further information, please contact:
Dr Julia Becker, Email:

Ethics statement

This project has been evaluated by peer review and judged to be low risk. Consequently, it has not been reviewed by one of the University's Human Ethics Committees. The researcher(s) are responsible for the ethical conduct of this research, and if you have any concerns about the conduct of this research that you want to raise with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact Dr Brian Finch, Director (Research Ethics), at

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* 1. Please indicate any previous experience you have had with earthquakes (tick all that apply)

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* 2. Prior to this survey, did you know what an Earthquake Early Warning was? (tick one)