Neighbors

New Zealand Moves Closer to Australia

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake accomplished hundreds of years of continental drift in a few seconds. The Guardian reports that the quake has jolted New Zealand's South Island closer to Australia. As the The Guardian put it, "Global positioning systems showed that Te Anau, a town in the remote Fiordland region, was now 10 cm closer to Australia, it said, while the South Island's south-western tip, Puysegur Point, was 30cm (11.8ins) closer." Although the earthquake was New Zealand's biggest in 78 years, it caused only slight property damage when it struck last Thursday.