Watch the tsunami triggered by the monster Kaikoura quake in this startling animation

View the impact of seismic activity on sea level following last Monday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake in this visualisation by Richard Clark, with commentary from geophysicist William Power.

Comparing the quake drum and tidal gauge nearest to the Kaikoura quake, web developer Richard Clark has created an animated reconstruction of what happened following the violent magnitude 7.8 midnight quake.

Play with the interactive visualisation here.

Below, William Power from GNS Science generously provides a commentary to explain what we’re watching as it happens.

Read more from the Spinoff on the Kaikoura earthquake here.


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