This view of the Awatere Fault looks south-east at the back of Altimarloch Station. It was taken in 1888 by geologist Alexander McKay 40 years after the 1848 earthquake, when the fault ruptured. The vegetation has regrown, but the offset of the land surface is quite clear. McKay’s observations in 1888 were fundamental in clarifying the relationship between earthquakes and faulting.
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Photograph by Alexander McKay
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