Forecasting New Zealand’s seismic apocalypse

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This is a blog my MJ Wright that does some explaining about earthquakes. He lives in New Zealand with lots of seismic activity. I remember as a child in California being shaken out of a chair while I was holding on as tight as I could. I’ve watched every seem in our house crack and the refrigerator and cabinets empty. I would rather be in a tornado than a earthquake because at least with a tornado you have some place to go for safety. With an earthquake you have none. Enjoy the read. Shirley

Matthew Wright

This weekend’s tragedy on Japan’s Mount Ontake reminds us that life around the Pacific ‘rim of fire’ is often risky.

That string of tectonic plate collisions stretches around the whole circumference of the Pacific and has shaped life in many ways. It was cause of the 2011 tsunami that devastated eastern Japan. It gave the US Yellowstone. It provokes earthquakes. It has also shaped my home country, New Zealand – and has been doing so for at least the past ten million years. The obvious question is ‘what next’ – something that has exercised seismologists and vulcanologists for generations. One way of finding out is to look back into the past, figuring out where fault lines are and how often they move.

Karaka Bay - on the eastern side of the city where Port Nicholson opens out to the sea through a narrow channel. Karaka Bay – on the eastern side of the Miramar ‘was-an-island-before 1460’ Peninsula

That’s certainly been a focus of ongoing work in New Zealand, which straddles the collision between the Australian…

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About shirleymclain930

I am a retired RN enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I like adventure and travel and making friends. I have 6 dogs and 1 cats. They are like having a house full of three years olds. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine them not being around. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book or talking about Essential Oils. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.

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