Earthquakes offer up displays of some of the most destructive and powerful events that our world is capable of. Not only is the Earth’s crust moving and shifting, but such movements can cause massive walls of ocean water to crash into cities and villages.
Now, we’re able to witness firsthand some of the dramatic effects they can have on the Earth, after a video surfaced online showing a New Zealand sea bed that his been risen almost 20 feet up from where it once was.
The YouTube video from GeoNet shows the Papatea fault in New Zealand where a 7.8 magnitude earthquake literally caused the bed of the ocean to rise 20 feet into the air. Now, a giant wall has formed that leads out to sea with its size varying as you move along it.
Kevin Berryman, the researcher in the video, shows us what happened in New Zealand, and talks about how disturbing the experience was for locals. Locals report that the noise that happened during the shift was “just horrendous,” but explained that it wasn’t the actual earthquake that scared them, but rather the “noise of water running off the top of the platform.”
You can see the raised sea bed in the video, and new aquatic life has already begun to adapt to the newly formed shore line. This massive shift in the sea floor caused dramatic changes to the ocean habitats of the region, with many of them disappearing.