The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand caused damaged. A group if LMU researches have inspected its mechanisms revealing surprising insights. “Looking at the pattern of surface faults affected by the quake, one finds large gaps of more than 15 km in between them. Up to now, analyses of seismic hazard have been based on the assumption that faults that are more than 5 km apart will not be broken in a single event,” says Dr. Alice-Agnes Gabriel.

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