Story: Active faults

House built across a fault

House built across a fault

Bluff Station cottage straddled the Kēkerengū Fault. During the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake the house was destroyed as the foundations went one way and the house was dragged 8 metres the other way.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Active faults - Building on or near active faults', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 April 2024)

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