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Fears New Zealand could be destroyed by massive 9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in minutes after huge faultline wakes up

New Zealand could face an apocalyptic earthquake and tsunami after a 2016 earthquake awoke a fault line that was thought to be dormant.
The devastating Kaikura earthquake in 2016 has resurrected the Hikurangi subduction zone - where two tectonic plates clash and one is pushed down.
This trench could trigger 9.0 magnitude earthquakes and tsunamis that will reach the western coast of the islands in just seven minutes, geologists warn.
Ursula Cochran, from science firm GNS, told The Marlborough Express: "We need to think Japan 2011 basically, because if our whole plate boundary ruptured it would be a magnitude-9 earthquake."
The Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami smashed through the country's north-eastern coast - killing almost 16,000 people and destroying the lives of thousands more.
It also triggered a third crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
 New Zealand is deep in the 'Ring of Fire' - a series of volcanic arcs and oceanic trenches partly encircling the Pacific Basin
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New Zealand is deep in the 'Ring of Fire' - a series of volcanic arcs and oceanic trenches partly encircling the Pacific Basin
Tsunami warnings issued following 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Japan
 Japan was devastated by an earthquake in 2011
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Japan was devastated by an earthquake in 2011
 The 2011 Japan quake also triggered a disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
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The 2011 Japan quake also triggered a disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

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