‘MEGATHRUST’ could spark massive 8.4 earthquake ‘killing thousands’

Sunday, October 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

A “MEGATHRUST” earthquake could be about to hit killing thousands of people, scientists have shockingly warned.

By Jamie Micklethwaite
8th October 2017

Earthquakes have struck around the globe in recent months crushing people in their wake.

The most severe of these was in Mexico, where a 7.1 magnitude quake in Puebla state killed around 230 people.

But scientists have warned that a more devastating earthquake could be on its way, potentially killing thousands.

GNS Science have warned that a “megathrust” earthquake registering at a massive 8.4 magnitude, could be about to cripple New Zealand’s lower island.

They claim that the quake could release 2,000 times more energy than one in Christchurch in 2011, which claimed the lives of 185 people.

The terrifying quake could then trigger a devastating tsunami.

Earthquake risk analyst Nick Horspool said: “If it was a magnitude nine, we’d have really strong shaking the whole way up the East Coast of the North Island and even the top of the South Island – intensities near to what was experienced in Christchurch.

“There would be widespread damage to buildings and infrastructure, following that you would then have a tsunami.”

The number of people killed in the disaster would depend on who was able to evacuate themselves, Mr Horspool added.

He also said: “Because it’s going to be a large, strong shaking, then 10 minutes later there will be the tsunami coming.”

Study lead author Kate Clark, said she could not calculate when it may occur, but the quake would “most likely be greater than magnitude seven”.

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