New Zealand community told to prepare for major quake along dangerous Alpine Fault

Posted: March 26, 2015 in News

The Extinction Protocol

Alpine Fault
March 2015NEW ZEALANDA West Coast community will need to consider drastic changes to its town to prepare for an inevitable Alpine Fault earthquake. The fault runs diagonally through Franz Josef Township and geologists have recommended a “fault avoidance zone” 100 meters either side to protect buildings. GNS Science sent four of its geologists to Franz Josef to talk about what will happen when the Alpine Fault ruptures. The 600-kilometre fault has ruptured five times in the past 1100 years. Each time it produced an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 to 8.0, the last being in 1717. Dr Ursula Cochran said studying the fault was complicated because different sections had ruptured at different times. While researching a section of the fault in South Westland, Cochran and her team found evidence for 24 earthquakes over 8000 years. Based on this and similar research, scientists calculated the average interval between…

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