A MASSIVE 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has moved the south of New Zealand closer to Australia, scientists said yesterday.
With the countries separated by the 2250-kilometre-wide Tasman Sea, the 30-centimetre closing of the gap in New Zealand’s south-west won’t make much difference.
Whilst the distance the South Island moved has been given (30cm), no mention was made as to the exact direction of the movement. So we can’t make any predictions as to exactly where the island would hit mainland Aus, assuming regular quakes of similar magnitude in coming years (which, honestly, isn’t unreasonable).
Nonetheless, I reckon they’ll land at the Gold Coast. Nothing like moving nearer to the friends and relatives and all that, and they’ll be able to show them around the best surfing spots and nearest Centrelink offices.
I’m possibly overreacting though. Doing the sums: the Tasman Sea is approx 2250kms, and assuming one large quake causing a 30cm shift per year, that’d be 7.5 million years until landing.
So maybe it’s not time to panic just yet.
Heaven knows, we don’t want any aggression. If the NZ Navy were to get involved, their boat could cause chaos on the Great Barrier Reef.
But just think when they do eventually land, it’s really going to bugger up young Kiwis’ OEs, isn’t it? It’s hardly an OE if it’s to somewhere you can drive to.
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