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An Otago geologist's draft manuscript suggests there's a tectonic fault system off the South Island's east coast potentially comparable in size to the Alpine Fault.
University of Otago geologist Phil Ford has privately written a draft proposal, as yet unpublished, detailing the possibility of the major South Island intra-plate fault, with possible seismic and tsunami hazard implications...
"A strike length of greater than 1000km is clear, more than comparable with the Alpine Fault at about 800km south-southwest of the South Island"..
He said the potential of that suggested system warranted immediate research and if shown to be an active fault system then the scale must be "very significant" given a potential overall length of 1600km.
"If the proposed system is accepted by the New Zealand geological fraternity then early notice of serious tsunami vulnerability needs to be passed to governing authorities and civil defence organisations."
then early notice of serious tsunami vulnerability needs to be passed to governing authorities and civil defence organisations.
Unpublished manuscripts needed peer review and publication in a reputable journal before being accepted as official, he said.
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LAT/LONG: -45.16927 172.15179
UTC: 2012/5/28 2:51:41
NZST: 2012/5/28 14:51:41
DEPTH: 211 km
MAG: 5.019 ML
LOCATION: os E of Oamaru, Otago