Towns and cities are safe from damage despite slow-moving earthquakes triggering a 30-centimetre slip deep under Manawatu and Wanganui, scientists say.
Monitoring has found earthquakes under Manawatu and Wanganui caused the region's surface to move, but GNS Science geophysicist John Beavan said the effects were not noticeable to the naked eye.
The 30-centimetre slip recorded at the interface of the Australian and Pacific plates 40 kilometres under the Earth translated to a maximum land surface movement of three centimetres in an upward and easterly direction in an area of Manawatu and Wanganui.
The Pacific Plate is slipping under, and forcing up the Australian Plate. The subtle rise in land would pose no threat to the region's roads and bridges, Dr Beavan said.
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The Governor General and Chief of State of New Zealand are women (Dame Silvia Cartwright and Queen Elizabeth II).
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