Massive New Zealand Quake Has Been Going on All Year
But no one can feel it
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A magnitude 7 earthquake has been hitting a New Zealand city for five months now—but life in Wellington continues on as normal. That's because the rumbling is taking place 25 miles underground across an area spanning over 60 miles, in a slow-moving type of earthquake called a "slow-slip event," reports the New Zealand Herald. Like regular earthquakes, slow-slips occur when tectonic plates move past each other, but they do so, well, slowly, which makes for a very gradual release of pressure.

The only noticeable impact of the event will be New Zealand moving maybe an inch further from Australia, and slow-slips are actually fairly common in the area—this particular one reoccurs every five years, reports TVNZ. This slow-slip will continue for months. "Based on these last two events, we think that this should go on for roughly a year. The longest one has gone on for 400 days," says a scientist.

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Liberalismiscancer
May 28, 2013 9:58 PM CDT
The mag. 7 quake is slowly rumbling along working it's way to a giant vent which will release it catastrophically causing a giant tsunami which will wipe out Indonesia (again) and Obama will send his Muslim pals more in aid than for hurricane Sandy and Oklahoma tornado combined...........Yea, I know it's a reach, I just can't stand Obama................Liberalism is cancer
HMD-SMD-ITY
May 27, 2013 11:05 PM CDT
Its all part of Peter Jackson's effort to establish New Zealand as a southern California movie attraction.
evanarchere
May 27, 2013 10:20 PM CDT
" The only noticeable impact of the event will be New Zealand moving maybe an inch further from Australia " Airlines, will love this , justifies an increase in round trip airfares , to and from NZ.