Kaikoura: ‘Most complex quake ever studied’

The BBC reports that the big earthquake that struck New Zealand last year may have been the most complex ever. November’s Magnitude 7.8 event ruptured a near-200km-long swathe of territory, shifting parts of NZ’s South Island 5m closer to North Island. Whole blocks of ground were buckled and lifted upwards, in places by up to 8m, and subsequent investigations have found that at least 12 separate faults broke during the quake, including some that had not previously been mapped.

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