[ Countdown: 13 Crazy Earthquake Facts ] A rupture along the full length of the fast-slipping Alpine Fault on New Zealand's South Island poses the largest potential seismic threat to the southern and … the Canterbury shakes have been averaging 10kmh depth. The Alpine Fault is one of the world’s major geological features. The lack of a historical record for the Alpine Fault means that we must instead examine the geological record left by past ruptures. The Alpine Fault runs right through the heart of New Zealand's glacier county on the country's south island. Earthquakes along the fault, and the associated earth movements, have formed the Southern Alps. The Alpine Fault, New Zealand, is a globally significant dextral-reverse fault that is thought to fail in large earthquakes (c. Mw 7.9) every 200-400 years and last ruptured in 1717 AD. Movement on the Alpine Fault. Compulsory READ: ALPINE FAULT RUPTURE: FACTS Page 1 / 5. heddon236, Jan 29, 9:47am. The investigation found the mean interval between large earthquakes on the fault is 330 years and two thirds of the intervals were between 260 and 400 years. At 3 AM on May 29, 2013, the South Island’s technological unconscious roars […] The Alpine Fault is the boundary between the Pacific crustal plate and the Australian plate. Geologists and authorities are racing to quantify what might happen, and how they might respond in the event of the next one, likely to occur some time in the next 50 years. The Alpine Fault ruptures—on average—every 330 years with a magnitude 8 earthquake. Earthquakes are the most dangerous near these 11 biggest fault lines in the world.As you may or may not know, the crust of the earth is constantly moving and reshaping itself. The structure of … The Alpine Fault is a geological fault, specifically a right-lateral strike-slip fault, that runs almost the entire length of New Zealand’s South Island. The fault line is where the Eurasian … depends which part goes; as there is 4 distinct sections. It is the on-land boundary of the Pacific and Australian plates.But where exactly is it? It forms a transform boundary between the Pacific Plate and the Indo-Australian Plate. The different styles of faulting can also combine in a single event, with one fault moving in both a vertical and strike-slip motion during an earthquake. The Alpine Fault is one of the world's major plate boundaries and New Zealand's most hazardous earthquake-generating fault. As with many natural systems, there was a spread of intervals with the longest being about 510 years and the shortest about 140 years.