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New Evidence For Regular Magnitude 8 Earthquakes On Alpin Fault
2012-07-27 13:21:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The most dangerous fault line on the island of New Zealand is the Alpine Fault. It is approximately 80 miles northwest of the islands main city of Christchurch. Research published in the prestigious journal Science, co-authored by University of Nevada, Reno's Glenn Biasi and colleagues at GNS Science in New Zealand, shows that very large earthquakes have been occurring regularly on the Alpine Fault along the southwest coastline of...

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2009-08-05 14:24:51

New Zealand is the site of one of the world's youngest subduction zones, where the Pacific Plate of Earth's crust dives beneath the Australian Plate. Now, a University of Utah study shows how water deep underground helps the subduction zone mature and paves the way for it to generate powerful earthquakes.The study in the Aug. 6 issue of the journal Nature "expands our understanding of the sources of earthquake failure," says Phil Wannamaker, the study's main author and a geophysicist at the...

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2009-07-22 13:55:17

A recent 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand actually moved the country closer to Australia, scientists said Wednesday. The two small countries are separated by the 1,400-mile-wide Tasman Sea, which means the 12-inch scoot in New Zealand's southwest will not make too much of a difference. However, according to earthquake scientist Ken Gledhill, the shift reveals the phenomenal force of the tremor. "Basically, New Zealand just got a little bit bigger is another way to think about it," he told AFP....