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New Zealand earthquake gives unexpected boon

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It's difficult to find positives from a major natural disaster, but an earthquake in New Zealand last year appears to have saved one local authority millions of dollars in coastal defences.

The Kaikoura earthquake of November 2016 measured 7.8 on the Richter scaleand cost the lives of two people on New Zealand's south island. However, the local council in the resort town of Kaikoura says that coastal uplift caused by the quake raised 120 km (75 miles) of coastline by between one to eight metres (3-26 feet), potentially putting previously at-risk infrastructure out of harm's way from sea erosion, Radio New Zealand reports.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-39653873

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/329053/out-of-the-erosion-zone-quake's-unexpected-boon

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It raised the coast by a meter? That sounds rather ... dramatic.

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