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New Zealand earthquake update: Shifted coastlines, landslide, fissures and massive cracks reveal the extent of damage

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New Zealand earthquake update: Shifted coastlines, landslide, fissures and massive cracks reveal the extent of damage
Image Courtesy: Martin Luff / Wikimedia Commons

Has New Zealand earthquake permanently disintegrated the island country? New Zealand is no longer the country it used to be. Latest images from the satellite reveal the impact of the recent earthquakes. It is visible how they have changed the island country overnight. New Zealand’s South Island has developed at least 6 major faults along its 120 kilometer stretch. Further quakes will change its map.

The impact of New Zealand earthquake 

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake stuck New Zealand on November 14. The catastrophic event caused large-scale destruction of the civil infrastructure and left many people isolated. Within seconds, 100,000 landslides were reported in South Island town. The damage was so extensive that all the roads leading to Kaikoura and the North Canterbury region could be connected only after 4 days.

GNS Science released a special report on the extent of earthquake’s impact on New Zealand’s geography.

  • North Island has moved westwards by 5 centimeters.
  • South Island has moved northwards by 2 meters. Its elevation has lifted up by almost a meter.
  • Wellington and Kapiti regions have been sandwiched by 6 centimeters northwards.
  • Hanner Springs is more than a meter away from its last week position.
  • Cape Campbell has moved by 2 to 3 metres.
  • Tidal waves lashing at coastlines are 1 meter higher than their usual height.

Was the New Zealand earthquake so powerful?

Earlier, the GNS Science reported that it was a 7.5-magnitude earthquake. On Wednesday, it upgraded the magnitude of the earthquake from 7.5 to 7.8 after through revision of the seismic data. The epicenter of the earthquake was located 15 kilometers north-east of of Culverden near Hanmer Springs at a depth of 15 kilometers inside the earth’s crust.

The New Zealand earthquake aftershocks continue

New Zealanders could expect at least 200 aftershocks every day. However, the odds of another 7-magnitude earthquake are fairly low. The aftershocks would be in the range of 5.4 and 5.8 on the Richter scale.

GeoNet is constantly posting tweets on earthquake updates.

The life returns to normal after New Zealand earthquake 

The central city was back on its feet on Tuesday after the New Zealand earthquake on Monday night. More than 1000 tourists and locals stuck inland have been air-lifted to safer places.  The HMNZS Canterbury sailed to Lyttleton, Christchurch with nearly 400 evacuees on board from Kaikoura.  New Zealand Defence Force and New Zealand Police have rescued close to 600 people from Kaikoura. The USS Sampson will arrive at the coast to rescue more survivors and stranded locals.

This is the second most powerful earthquake to have caused such as massive upheaval on the floor. New Zealand could disintegrate into puzzle chips very soon if earthquakes continue.

Image Courtesy: Martin Luff / Wikimedia Commons

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