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Once again, the Gisborne region is slip-sliding away, with a change of direction. A new episode of "rapid" deformation - a "slow quake" - is taking place near Gisborne, on the Raukumara Peninsula, geologists say. Below Poverty Bay, the movement of tectonic plates below the Earth's crust means the Pacific Plate dives into the earth, under the Australian Plate with which it is colliding. Normally the Pacific Plate and the overlying New Zealand crust are locked together, which causes the southern Raukumara Peninsula to be pushed slowly westwards at a few millimetres per year. But sometimes there is a slow slip, during which the "lock" is temporarily released, allowing the overlying crust to move back eastwards at rates of a few millimetres a day.
Originally posted by auswally
Thats great news, it actually means NZ is getting further away from Oz, any closer and they will think of building a bridge
Building a bridge towards the Chathams, thanks. Although some NZers think it would be great to be part of Oz, I don't. Why do you think we broke up in the first place? Never try and rekindle a defunct relationship.
Originally posted by PuterMan
reply to post by auswally
Well if I am reading this right Gisborne is in the West of the North Island and the fault runs between the two halves of the North Island.
Far from building a bridge to Oz, if the movement became to great they would need a bridge between the two halves of the North Island