Kōrero: Earthquakes

Wairarapa Fault scarp, Pigeon Bush (2 o 2)

Wairarapa Fault scarp, Pigeon Bush

The steep scarp marks the Wairarapa Fault, which has ruptured several times during earthquakes in the last 5,000 years. The last recorded earthquake, in 1855, caused the channel of a stream to be offset by 18.7 metres – the largest single horizontal offset during an earthquake recorded anywhere in the world. An older offset channel to the left, which moved during an earlier earthquake, is indicated in the photograph.

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Victoria University of Wellington, Rodney Grapes
Photograph by Timothy Little

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Earthquakes - What causes earthquakes?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4400/wairarapa-fault-scarp-pigeon-bush (accessed 23 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017