Major new fault found in New Zealand capital

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WELLINGTON: A new geological fault capable of generating a 7.1-magnitude earthquake has been found in Wellington, confirming the New Zealand capital’s status as one of the world’s most seismically active cities, scientists revealed on Wednesday. NIWA marine geologist Philip Barnes said there was evidence that the most recent earthquake caused by the fault occurred about 6,200 years ago and it was impossible to know if another temblor was overdue. GeoNet earthquake geologist Russ Van Dissen said the latest discovery was just one of “dozens” of active faults crisscrossing the Wellington terrain, the biggest capable of generating an 8.5-magnitude tremor.

AFP

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