How The Strongest Earthquakes Can Rewrite Our Maps
When the shaking and tsunamis subside, the coastline can look a bit different.By Evan Thomas | November 25, 2016
There's no force of nature quite like an earthquake. They shake up our buildings, and they can cause landslides or tsunamis that wash away whole towns. And when they're strong enough, they can redraw whole maps.
During the recent quakes in New Zealand, one side of a fault line pushed up against the other, lifting parts of the coastline up out of the ocean. They're now almost 20 feet higher in places.