Story: Active faults

White Creek Fault, Murchison

White Creek Fault, Murchison

During the Murchison earthquake of 17 June 1929, a section of the White Creek Fault ruptured, producing a scarp over 4.5 metres high in the upper Buller Gorge. A few days later these motorists surveyed the fault scarp, which was an obstacle until the road was realigned.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Active faults - What is an active fault?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017