Geologists are predicting a catastrophic earthquake in New Zealand

A group of researchers, probursa Alpine fault is the hole depth of about a kilometer, came to the conclusion that in the foreseeable future in this area may occur devastating earthquake, which should prepare the residents of New Zealand. According to experts, in the depths beneath the rift, the mi was recorded very hot liquid under high pressure.

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Experts believe that their discovery suggests the existence of a previously unknown type of sources of geothermal energy, and it is because of the accumulation of this energy coming earthquake is becoming increasingly likely, according to the scientists.

The Alpine fault running almost the entire length of the South island of New Zealand, originated in the area where the Pacific tectonic plate is caught under the Australian plate, and they razvorachivaet relative to each other at a speed of from 2 to 5 centimeters a year. Sometimes it becomes the cause of earthquakes, the most devastating of which was recorded in 1717.

In the study, researchers came to the conclusion that the depth of the fault temperature is extremely high, and every hundred meters, it increases to an average of 15 degrees Celsius . This, according to the researchers, suggests that hot material from the Earth’s interior under the territory’s “fit” is very close to the surface. In the coming decades, it could trigger a magnitude earthquake exceeds 8.0.

However, experts believe that their discovery promises not only disaster, but also new, previously under-explored source of large amounts of energy, which New Zealand could take to improve the economic situation in the country.

The new study was published in the journal Nature.

Recently, representatives of University College London and of the Vesuvius Observatory reported a possible imminent eruption of the SUPERVOLCANO located under the Phlegraean fields in Italy.

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