Story: Historic earthquakes

Geological effects (1st of 2)

Geological effects

Geologist Horace Fyfe travelled around the Buller region by bicycle, studying the effects of the 1929 Murchison earthquake. This rupture on the White Creek Fault, in the upper Buller Gorge, offset the road by 4.5 metres. Fyfe is standing on the road on the upper side of the fault scarp.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1929 Arthur’s Pass and Murchison earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

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