Virtual reality shows where New Zealand's thousands of earthquakes occur

A visualisation of New Zealand earthquakes created by Stefan Marks of AUT.
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A visualisation of New Zealand earthquakes created by Stefan Marks of AUT.

New Zealand experienced just over 5000 quakes in the nine days following November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura shock.

But that number is hard to come to grips with on its own, so AUT lecturer Stefan Marks has created a virtual reality simulation that shows the size of the quakes and their location underneath New Zealand.

The simulation uses GeoNet data on magnitude, location, and depth. You can watch a brief video of it above.

Each dot is representative of a quake, with larger dots representing larger magnitudes. The 3D space allows the depth of the quake to be properly represented - something that is hard to do with traditional 2D maps.

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The visualisation and video covers through nine days following the original quake, which is also shown.

In the latter half of the video every recorded quake since 1900 is shown.

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