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Officials tell public, it’s time to prepare for an Alpine Fault earthquake

July 24, 2013

The Extinction Protocol

July 24, 2013NEW ZEALANDThe fault-line behind the swarm of quakes in central New Zealand may be much longer than previously realized and therefore capable of larger quakes. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research is heading into Cook Strait tomorrow to map the area around the swarm of earthquakes that has been rattling Wellington and Marlborough since Friday. It is hoped the work will identify the fault-line from which the quakes have been generated. GNS Science seismologist John Ristau said that, because the quakes appeared to be happening between the known Vernon and Needles fault-lines, it seemed increasingly likely that the London Hill fault was to blame. In 2003 a Marlborough District Council geotech report described London Hill as a one of “several relatively small faults near the east coast between Seddon and the Waima River.” Dr. Ristau said it now appeared the fault-line might…

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