The Great Wall of New Zealand

November 29, 2016

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked New Zealand earlier this month has had a lasting effect in the shape of a 15ft high wall.

It was created by the shift in the earth when on the November 14 the southern hemisphere was hit by the huge quake around Kaikoura around 600 miles north of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.

For the first time since the natural disaster, scientists have been allowed into the area surrounding the epicentre, and discovered the massive Hadrian’s Wall-like rock formation which had sprung up as well as roads and fencing showing clearly how sections of the earth have shifted out of line.

The first reconnaissance team from the University of Canterbury (UC), in New Zealand- comprised UC academics Professor Jarg Pettinga, Dr Clark Fenton, Dr Anekant Wandres, and Geology PhD students Alan Bischoff and Andrea Barrier – was in the field quickly after last week’s huge quake.

They ventured to Kaikoura and concentrated in the North Culverden Basin and an area called Mount Lyford.

A second reconnaissance mission on Friday November 18 saw Prof Pettinga and Dr Fenton joined by Dr Kate Pedley and Dr Narges Khajavi.

As these pictures by Dr Pedley show they covered an area of stunning Hobbit-like idyllic green New Zealand countryside torn apart by the earthquake.

The team were covering an area from the western end of the Amuri Range, back across the Emu Plain and continued as far as the junction for Mt Lyford Village.

All roads beyond this point are closed and only passable by military vehicles.

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