A focus of the conference was a potential Alpine Fault quake striking Queenstown, which would require CDEM planners to evacuate those trapped in the town if road closures left it isolated. The length of the rupture will be up to 400 km, eg. This fault has ruptured four times in the past 900 years, each time producing an earthquake of about magnitude 8. Otago Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (CDEM) public information manager Peter Taylor said the top six centres for views of Prof Davies' online report this week were: Auckland, 8948; Christchurch, 8504; Queenstown, 2553; Dunedin, 2128; Wellington, 1760; and Invercargill, 462. A thrill of a lifetime! The Alpine Fault • Running about 600km up the spine of the South Island, the Alpine Fault is the on-land boundary of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates. It is known to produce magnitude 8 earthquakes approximately every 300 years. Mr Taylor said Otago CDEM - made up of the region's councils - was considering another tour by a specialist to talk about the newest research on the Alpine Fault. Queenstown, New Zealand 289 contributions 43 helpful votes. The Alpine Fault is called a strike slip or transform fault. ALPINE FAULT: An 800 kilometre-long fault which runs along the western edge of the Southern Alps from Marlborough to Milford Sound. When an earthquake did occur along the Alpine Fault, the damage would be widespread as the fault "is going to unzip basically", Orchiston said in a phone interview. A graphic shows an indicative line of the Alpine Fault in relation to Wanaka and Queenstown. This is predicted to result in severe damage to the built environment, especially to infrastructure. The South Island earthquake would be a magnitude 8 or bigger, shake for about two minutes and rupture for up to 400km, Prof Davies said. Facebook and Twitter users have been sharing a link to the report on the Otago Regional Council (ORC) website, and the page has now been viewed more than 34,000 times since Monday's earthquake. Vivez l’expérience Alpine. This was the perfect thing to go on a drizzly morning. Franz Josef sits right on top of the alpine fault. . It forms a transform boundary between the Pacific Plate and the Indo-Australian Plate. A new model has simulated the disruption a major Alpine Fault earthquake would have on the South Island's transport network - cutting off the West Coast for at least a week. It's going to change the way of life.". GeoNet has issued a warning following a magnitude 5.5 quake this morning near Milford Sound. Photo: Mark Mitchell Photo: Mark Mitchell A map shows where the Alpine Fault is located. 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University of Otago scientist Dr Caroline Orchiston addresses an emergency management conference in at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort in Queenstown on Friday. . The talk was part of the South Island Civil Defence Emergency Management Conference held at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort in Queenstown on Friday. GeoNet reported it appears to have struck on the Alpine Fault. Prof Davies urged people to store enough essential supplies to be self-sufficient for two to three weeks, carry supplies in their vehicle when travelling, keep a store of construction and weatherproofing materials on their property and identify and strengthen high-risk parts of their property. The Australian plate is sliding horizontally towards the north-east, at the same time as the Pacific plate is pushing up, forming the Southern Alps. 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The scarp runs through the township and can be seen here tracking across a road and underneath motels. The Alpine Fault runs for about 600km along the west of the Southern Alps. Read more. Alpine Fault: Planning for the Next Big Earthquake What might happen - what can we do? The last time this happened was 301 years ago. Call us today … There is a high probability of a rupture in the next 50 years, meaning that the next large earthquake on the Alpine Fault is likely to occur within our, or our children’s, lifetime. Geologists have indicated another big quake on the Alpine Fault is due. The mountains are rising at 7 millimetres a year, but erosion wears them down at a similar rate. In his 2007 talks, Prof Davies said when the next major Alpine Fault earthquake struck, Central Otago/Queenstown Lakes residents could expect landslips, lake tsunamis, river delta collapses, breaking dams, floods, debris flows, rock avalanches and severe sedimentation. You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter. On Sunday, the Alpine Fault experienced its largest quake since 2001. Looking after locals and visitors since 2003. Smile Machines. NZHerald, 9 June, 2019. Researchers from Victoria University and GNS Science have said the Alpine Fault has moved more than any other known fault on land in the world. The Alpine fault, one of the major fault systems in New Zealand, extends over 600 km in the South Island. What to expect when the Alpine Fault ruptures * Alpine Fault moves more than any other land fault * Alpine fault could isolate West Coast for six weeks * Scientists digging into new part of Alpine Fault, "If you thought Christchurch [earthquake] was bad, that's Christchurch on steroids. Earthquakes along the fault, and the associated earth movements, have formed the Southern Alps. An earthquake triggered by a rupture in the Alpine Fault would be like "Christchurch on steroids", an emergency management conference has been told. "Queenstown would be badly affected but so would other places across the South Island.". GNS Science and University of Nevada-Reno … With the energy of Monday's earthquake heading north, Berryman believed the risk of a rupture on Alpine Fault had not been heightened. - … Warning after earthquakes on Alpine Fault rattle Queenstown, Wanaka area. The tour would be part of a range of activities to promote New Zealand's Shake Out earthquake drill on October 15. Queenstown may be isolated after a major rupture of the Alpine Fault by landslips like this one, which blocked State Highway 1, north of Kaikoura, in 2016. Our driver and guide was cheery and informative and the scenery was interesting too. ''I would be very surprised if this earthquake has any bearing whatsoever on stresses on faults that far away,'' he said. We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Prof Davies is in the United Kingdom on sabbatical at present so could not be reached for comment on Monday's earthquake and its impact on the Alpine Fault. on Haast and spreading north to Ahaura. Different forecasts have put the probability of a future Alpine Fault quake measuring over 8.0 as high as 65 per cent within the next 50 years - and almost 85 per cent over 100 years. The Alpine Fault scarp crosses fields near Haast before heading southwest into isolated country and finally going out to sea at the mouth of Milford Sound. The Alpine Fault remained New Zealand's biggest seismic hazard and Monday's earthquake and subsequent aftershocks served as ''a timely reminder'' that people should be prepared for the big one. The earthquake will last for about two minutes. via mobile Read all 26 reviews CynthiaCanberra. The earth moves. "When the Alpine Fault pops, there won't be a Milford Sound anymore," he said. "This fault system has the potential for larger events," Geonet tweeted. Bienvenue sur le site officiel Alpine Cars. Video 1 features Dr Caroline Orchiston explaining what the Alpine Fault is; how scientists have established beyond doubt that it has an unusually regular seismic history; and uses the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake sequence to illustrate the kinds of impacts that a magnitude 8+ earthquake will have. [Chapter Break] After their ground­breaking paper on the Alpine Fault, Willett was posted to Invercargill and Wellman to another war­time project at d’Urville Island. Réservez votre essai de l’A110. The Southern Alps have been uplifted on the fault over the last 12 million years in a series of earthquakes. Alpine Auto - Queenstown Garage. About 50 emergency-related organisations from across the country were introduced to Project AF8 [Alpine Fault Magnitude 8], a group set up to "collectively plan for an Alpine Fault event". Southland families urged to plan a meeting place in case of a natural disaster, Environment Southland receives $245k grant for Alpine Fault research, Are we ready? This quake was largely felt in the Queenstown and Wanaka areas, with over 600 felt reports submitted. More than 600 people reported feeling it on the GeoNet website. We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news. An M W 8.1 Alpine Fault earthquake is predicted to cause low-frequency shaking for 1−2 minutes in Wanaka and Queenstown, at a shaking intensity of MMVII (Modified Mercalli scale). Automobile Workshop and Garage Services, Queenstown. 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