New Zealand earthquake unhinges Tasman Glacier

February 23, 2011 | Environment
Tasman Glacier: New Zealand’s largest glacier

A deadly earthquake has stunned the people of New Zealand, leaving in its wake at least 75 dead and many more injured or in a state of upheaval.

In addition to the horrible human catastrophe that is currently unfolding from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, the quake has apparently caused 30 million tons of ice to fall off the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest glacier.

The glacier is located some 120 miles from the quake epicenter, and tourists and tour guides from the area said the icebergs dropping into the waters of the lake there created waves of up to 11 feet high.

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