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A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the south-west coast of New Zealand
Water from the Earth's crust deep under New Zealand is building up in rocks under the South Island with potential to increase faultlines and trigger quakes
It appears these fluids trigger major earthquakes and did so during magnitude-7 and larger earthquakes in the Murchison area," the researchers said today
As the electromagnetic waves pass through Earth's interior, they travel faster or slower depending on the extent to which rock and other material conducts or resists electricity. Water is more conductive, so it can be detected by this technique
The largest accumulation of water beneath the subduction zone also is the deepest and farthest west beneath the South Island