Story: Historic earthquakes

The Awatere Fault (1st of 2)

The Awatere Fault

The Awatere Fault (in the Marlborough region of the South Island) is a striking feature cutting across the Awatere valley. Progressive offsetting of minor features indicates that it had moved several times in the previous few hundred years. The last movement on the fault was in 1848.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1848 Marlborough earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017