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Fault rupture, 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake

Fault rupture, 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake

During the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake, the land to the northwest of the Edgecumbe Fault sank by up to 2 metres. The fault ruptured the surface, forming a seven-kilometre-long rift across the countryside, and causing widespread damage from shaking.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Earthquakes - Seismic activity in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

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