New Zealand’s two main islands, the North and South Islands, have moved closer together following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the country just after midnight Monday, killing two people.
Earthquake monitoring agency GeoNet said Friday the monster quake shifted land at Cape Campbell, the north-eastern tip of the South Island, more than two metres closer to the North Island.
One of the worst affected areas, the town of Kaikoura on the eastern coast of the South Island, was lifted 70 centimetres.
“All of this movement happened during the earthquake in a matter of seconds,” the agency said in a blog post.
Not only was the earthquake powerful enough to shift land masses in the northern South Island, it also caused movement in much of the rest of the country.
On the lower North Island, the east coast shifted west by between one and five centimetres, while capital city Wellington was shunted between two and six centimetres to the north.
GeoNet said it had been able to track the land movement using a large network of continuously recording GPS sites.