This morning we had a video conference with one of the most famous Geologist in Auckland and he is a research scientist and works for GNS (Geological Nuclear Sciences) in Auckland. His name is Hamish Campbell I kind of didn't know what he was saying because he was speaking so fast. I understood some of the words.
Hamish then told us about the earthquake in Fiordland which was on the July of 16th and lasted 30 seconds and no one died! and it was 7.6. magnitude and it was the biggest earthquake in the world in 80 years. Hamish also told us that the epicenter was the point of an earthquake.
Its really interesting because in 1976 in Tangshan that a earthquake happened during 4 am in the morning and 242,000 people died and it was only fifteen seconds.
He told us that the Pacific plate moved up and the Australian plate moved under I was really amazed. He also told us that the epicenter which is the point on the earthquake was on Resolution Island. I really feel sorry for Joan Wiffen because Hamish Campbell just said to us that she has past away. Joan Wiffen was a New Zealand paleontologist and found the first dinosaur bone.
I enjoyed myself. Thank you to http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_gwZPzvkTLNI/Sn-CWZv85TI/AAAAAAAAAyc/u9h_bviO82U/s1600-h/Picture+2.png. for the picture.
Thank you to Hamish Campbell and Diana- Grace and Te Papa Museum.