Kōrero: Historic earthquakes

Gravel volcano in the Matiri valley (2 o 2)

Gravel volcano in the Matiri valley

This mound of sand and gravel was created when sediment liquefied during the Murchison earthquake. The sand spurted out at the surface, creating a mini-volcano. Although such features formed by sand and mud often result from earthquakes, this appears to be a unique example where gravel boulders have been ejected, indicating the force of the eruption.

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Photograph by Noall Berryman

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1929 Arthur’s Pass and Murchison earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4495/gravel-volcano-in-the-matiri-valley (accessed 21 November 2019)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017