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Powerful Quake Strikes New Zealand, Triggering Tsunami

Two people have died following a massive 7.6-magnitude earthquake, PM says.

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The quake was widely felt in both the South and North Islands, as far north as Auckland, causing damage and knocking out power as well as triggering tsunami alerts.

Police earlier said they were trying to access a property north of Christchurch where a person was believed to have died.

The property was at Mt Lynford, police said.

The Fire Service was also searching for a person who was believed to be missing after a homestead collapsed in Kaikoura. One person had been found alive in the rubble.

The Christchurch Fire Service was sending a special task force to the historic Elm Homestead at first light.

A 7-person Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) squad was en route to Kaikoura from Christchurch by helicopter.

Assessment teams were travelling to Waiau and Blenheim.

More information would be released through Twitter later in the morning, a Fire Service spokesman said.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8641...es-in-kaikoura
https://www.theguardian.com/world/li...-north-islands

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Can they get pizza and soda to nite ok

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It woke me up at midnight. Fucking intense. Shook the entire country...

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What i truly find interesting is that this earthquake in New Zealand had triggered a tsunami warning 11,857 km away to the coast of British Columbia, Canada.

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Re: Powerful Quake Strikes New Zealand, Triggering Tsunami

like some other places on earth it's waiting for the next one.
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What i truly find interesting is that this earthquake in New Zealand had triggered a tsunami warning 11,857 km away to the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
There was also many reports (and footage) of a very poorly understood phenomena, "earthquake lights".

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There was also many reports (and footage) of a very poorly understood phenomena, "earthquake lights".
What

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What i truly find interesting is that this earthquake in New Zealand had triggered a tsunami warning 11,857 km away to the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
The earthquake, as felt in North America

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Great info. Thanks.

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New Zealand Quake's Strange Side Effect: What Are Earthquake Lights?

The magnitude-7.8 earthquake that rattled New Zealand early Monday morning local time (Sunday morning EST), killing at least two people and stranding many others in the region, also had a strange side effect: eerie blue and green flashes of light in the sky during the shaking.


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Only in recent years have seismologists taken reports of these so-called earthquake lights seriously. It turns out that researchers still don't fully understand the phenomenon, but they do have a few clues about where and why it occurs.

The strange light shows — which may appear as sizzling flames emanating from the ground, flashes of lightning, ghostly globes or blue and green shimmers — usually occur at rifts where huge chunks of Earth are pulling away from each other, according to a 2014 study published in the journal Seismological Research Letters. [Elves, Sprites & Blue Jets: Earth's Weirdest Lightning]

Also in 2014, researchers showed that shifting grains surrounding a fault may generate an electrical charge, though exactly why this happens is poorly understood.
Unexplained phenomenon

Observers have documented shimmering earthquake lights more than 60 times over the past several centuries. In 2009, for instance, before a major earthquake struck L'Aquila, Italy, bystanders reported what looked like flames sizzling from the sidewalk, and in Canada's Yukon Territory in the 1970s, ghostly green orbs that were floating in the sky were initially thought to be UFOs but were later determined to be tied to a nearby quake. But until recently, many researchers discounted these reports as hearsay.

"Earthquake lights are totally underreported," Friedemann Freund, a crystallographer (someone who studies the atomic structure of materials) at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, and San Jose State University, previously told Live Science. "They are often things that happen within a fraction of a second."

But with the widespread availability of smartphones, these strange events are now being documented more frequently.

In 2014, Freund and his colleagues showed that 97 percent of earthquake lights documented since the 1600s occurred at faults that were within continental plates, rather than at subduction zones, where one plate is diving beneath another. They found that 85 percent of the incidents occurred where Earth buckles and creates a steep ravine or drop in the Earth. This fissure allows magmatic rocks that originate deep belowground to gradually migrate up toward the surface, where they discharge energy. Because of how the atoms in these rocks are organized, they may generate an electrical charge more easily, flow upward to the surface, ionize the air and generate the light show, the researchers speculated.

In this scenario, earthquake lights may not even be tied to earthquakes. Changes in stress at a fault can occur either due to a catastrophic rupture or because of a slower release over days, and both forms could generate an electrical charge that ionizes the air, according to the research.
"Crackpot physics"

In a separate study detailed at the 2014 American Physical Society meeting in Denver, researchers filled Tupperware containers with mixtures of plastic discs, glass particles and powders, such as flour, and watched what happened as they stuck and slipped past one another. These mixtures were meant to mimic the way grains of Earth move in an earthquake zone.

The researchers found that the mixtures reliably generated high voltages when tipped, even though they could not explain why.

"Except for the fact that we cannot get these voltages to go away, I would call this 'crackpot physics,'" Troy Shinbrot, an applied physicist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, previously told Live Science. "And even as it is — I wish I could hedge my bets, but the voltages are very repeatable, and we have so far failed to account for a spurious influence that might cause them."
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