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Images show new quake-created land

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/12/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">NASA has released satellite images showing new land created near Kaikoura by the 7.8 quake.</span> © NASA NASA has released satellite images showing new land created near Kaikoura by the 7.8 quake. United States space agency NASA has released satellite images showing land lifted from the sea near Kaikoura by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake last month which may "stay put".

An image from the European Space Agency's Sentinel Two satellite shows the newly exposed land ringing the Kaikoura Peninsula.

NASA provided an pre-quake image when the tides were about the same for comparison.

A shot of Kaikoura taken on October 16, 2016&nbsp; © NASA A shot of Kaikoura taken on October 16, 2016  The quake on November 14 (NZ time) lifted the seabed by 0.5 to 2m along a 20km stretch of the Kaikoura coast. In one area, the uplift was 5.5m.

While beaches raised by earthquakes occasionally sink back down gradually or get pushed down by other earthquakes, the New Zealand coast is full of historical examples of earthquake uplifted land staying put, NASA says.

Kaikoura captured on November 25, 2016. The exposed land visible around the coast as a result of the quake © NASA Kaikoura captured on November 25, 2016. The exposed land visible around the coast as a result of the quake "Most likely, the new land along the Kaikoura coast is there to stay."

In 1931, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake at Hawke's Bay raised land around the city of Napier by between 1m to 2m and a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in 1855 raised much of Wellington by the same amount.

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