wellington fault line thorndon

The Wellington Fault passes through the suburb of Thorndon, which was built before people knew that there was a major fault. The Wellington Fault forms distinctive landscape features running right through the central city. Wellington is sitting on the relatively light continental crust of the Australian Tectonic Plate which is riding over the dense oceanic crust of the Pacific Plate. New Zealand's capital city lies within the earthquake-generating collision zone between two of the Earth's great tectonic plates, and sits on top of one of the zone's most active geological faults - the Wellington Fault. The Wellington Fault last ruptured between 170 and 370 years ago, and there is a 10 per cent chance it will rupture again within the next century, according to GNS Science. The main boundary between the two plates (the subduction interface or subduction zone fault) slopes westward down beneath the North Island and is about 25-30 km below Wellington City. There are now restrictions on constructing high-rise buildings in the area, and Wellington City Council has plotted the fault on its planning maps so that people buying houses or land are aware of its location.

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