Alpine Fault considered ticking time-bomb
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 7:00p.m.
Napier, Edgecumbe, Canterbury – all places hit hard by major destructive earthquakes in the past 100 years. They won't be the last – we know that.
What we don't know is where or when the next one will be, but it is likely it could be the big one. The Alpine Fault, which runs 600km along the spine of the South Island, has been described as a ticking time-bomb.
Previously scientists had only been able to identify the past four ruptures, but thanks to three years of painstaking research by our own GNS scientists, they've gone much deeper to unlock the secrets of the Alpine Fault.
Their work will be published tomorrow in America’s prestigious Science Journal.
So how did they do it? And what does it tell us?
Jendy Harper has been working with GNS for the past two months and has this exclusive television report.
Watch the video for her full report.
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8/07/2012 9:44:20 p.m.
Barbara Anne Jephson(nee Scott) wrote:
Just a suggestion have a look at the alpine fault when it transits the strait to the North Island....monitor it and you will find out when and how long we have before the bigone.
8/07/2012 9:33:35 p.m.
Thank you tv 3 for getting on to the alpine fault good work....keep going there is more...I like your applied science approach...almost forensic.. but that is how science should be approached in the 21st Century... applied science is very creative!
28/06/2012 11:10:10 p.m.
Colin Pemberton wrote:
"Great piece of real estate for a tunnel John (Key) but no opportunity for mum and dad investors to get some ownership of the exclusive right of occupancy being granted by Minister of Conservation .
28/06/2012 10:12:29 p.m.
john carter wrote:
And there's a company down south who wants to put a 10km tunnel through this to take tourists to Milford Sound with less scenery! Maybe they really are intent on making a killing out of our World Heritage Areas!!
28/06/2012 9:53:47 p.m.
Kit Ghata wrote:
Faultlines & the thought of a proposed Milford Dart/tunnel surely is one BIG joke that John Key supports even tho he has never been to Fiordland. What an insult to our World Heritage to have a Prime Minister that travels the world before seeing his own backyard & wants to carve & mine our parks!
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