Thursday, February 24, 2011
New Zealand Earthquake - The Pacific Rim is Not a Craton
"One of the myths we hold in this country is that there's a single fault, but in reality there's a swathe about 200 kilometers wide where there are lots of faults that are potentially active," he said.
"We know there's an active fault running just off the coast there, and Dunedin is a city of late 19th-century masonry buildings that are very dangerous," he said. "No one in New Zealand should neglect the lessons of these earthquakes. They're the biggest wake-up call we've had."
I had hoped that New Zealand would actually be the stable place that the Clueless Swiss seem to think it is, and it wouldn't come up again. I get nothing but grief when I report on it, since I believe that the people have been poorly served by those who should know better. I really hope it is all over, and not as I suspect.