Christchurch earthquake geology hour

By Grant Jacobs 19/05/2013

If you’ve got an hour to spare and are interested in the earthquakes at Christchurch, my hometown, could do worse that watch this lecture given by Martin Reyners, principal scientist at Geological and Nuclear Science. There’s lots of good stuff for non-geologists. (Like me! There’s also a few minor technical glitches, but let them slide.)

It’s hard to imagine a chunk of land that, apparently, once rivalled the Himalayas in height crunching into and pushing it’s way under New Zealand. (If you want to skip the introduction, jump to about four and a half minutes into the video.)

As a bonus, here’s a map of the earthquakes at Christchurch to date,


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