Crazy country

When you drive around New Zealand, something you can’t help but notice – apart from lovely scenery – is vast open spaces. New Zealand is sparsely populated which is what draws many people to its shores in the first place. Why then did they choose to build the biggest city over an active volcanic field and the capital on top of the tectonic plate boundary of the Pacific and Australian plates not to mention the biggest city in the south island (Christchurch) on a swamp. What were they thinking? It’s not as though there’s a shortage of space. Crazy place.

4 Replies to “Crazy country”

  1. Perhaps, except that the San Andreas fault, which is the plate boundary of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, does not pass beneath the city of San Francisco but rather the nearby Peninsular. The Wellington fault passes right beneath the built-up areas of the city including the major transportation hub and even an urban street right down the middle of the road.

  2. Yes, but:-"Earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Region result from strain energy constantly accumulating across the region because of the northwestward motion of the Pacific Plate relative to the North American Plate (Figure 1 ). The region experienced large and destructive earthquakes in 1838, 1868, 1906, and 1989, and future large earthquakes to relieve this continually accumulating strain are a certainty." From a USGS report.Over 800,000 live in that "crazy place".

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