May 7, 2014
(24 Feb. 2011) --- From approximately 220 miles above Earth, an Expedition 26 crew member aboard the International Space Station exposed this oblique-angle still frame of parts of New Zealand including those impacted by an earthquake almost four days ago. This image provides a view across the South Island of New Zealand. One can see the Southern Alps mountain range, along the length of the island (more on the west side) which is formed where the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates meet. Death toll announced on Feb. 24, the day this picture was taken, had reached slightly above 100.
Topics: Seismology, Physical geography, Geology, Disaster Accident, Environment, Zealandia, GEODynamics, Earthquake, South island, Alps, Plate tectonics, Earth, New Zealand