Otago University's Wellington campus closes due to earthquake risk

Source: 1News

Some Otago University students in Wellington could be forced to study at home for at least the next month, after earthquake assessments found issues in one of its main buildings in the capital. 

In a message posted to social media, the university said their main academic building was given a seismic rating of 15 per cent under the new building standards. 

“As a precaution, all staff and students will work and study from home until the assessment has been peer-reviewed and consideration of possible remedial actions can be completed.” 

Others have also been moved out of the adjacent link block of the campus as a precaution until the issues are fixed. 

The building is attached to the Wellington Hospital in Newtown, but the university says the hospital itself isn’t affected by the assessment. 

“At this stage, we have asked staff and students to prepare to work from home for at least the next month.”

Otago University says it's working quickly to assess the issues raised in the report while working to come up with future options for those affected.