Glacier Breaks Due to Earthquake

February 23, 2011 | Environment

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It has been a memorable experience for those people who were on the Tasman Lake when  the 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch on February 22, 2011. While watching glaciers on their boats, they also witnessed tsunamis of up to 3.5 meters high and ice calved off the glacier.  One of the popular activities among tourists in New Zealand is to take a boat tour and watched the glaciers and icebergs on the Tasman Lake.

The Tasman Glacier is the largest and longest mass of ice that moves from the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand. Its height is 3000 meters above sea level and the area it covers is around 101 square kilometers. Research studies reported that the Tasman Glacier has been melting fast and creating new lake.  In 1990 some of the meltwater ponds on the Tasman Glacier combined into the Tasman Lake.

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