Kōrero: Natural hazards – overview

Plate boundary

Plate boundary

The boundary between the Pacific and Australian plates passes through New Zealand. The Pacific Plate is moving towards the Australian Plate at a rate of about 40 millimetres a year. The deformed zone, close to the plate boundary, is where most earthquakes and uplift take place.

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Source: Ray Wood and others, New Zealand’s continental shelf and UNCLOS Article 76. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences; Wellington: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, 2003

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Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, 'Natural hazards – overview - Living dangerously', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/map/6896/plate-boundary (accessed 24 September 2019)

Story by Eileen McSaveney and Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006