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article imageGlacier ice crashes as a result of NZ earthquake

By Kimberley Pollock     Feb 22, 2011 in Environment
Passengers in two explorer boats on Terminal Lake in New Zealand have witnessed massive ice carving into the Lake and huge 3.5 metre waves rocked their boat.
The earthquakes that have hit Christchurch today are so powerful they have caused huge icebergs to break off and carve into Terminal Lake lake at the foot of the glacier.
3News has reported that 30 million tonnes of ice was shaken loose from the Tasman Glacier at Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and crashed into the lake.
A 1.2km long, 300m high, 75m wide piece of ice plummeted into Terminal Lake. This is the third largest ice carving on record for the Tasman Glacier and has formed 20 icebergs the lake.
Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village tourism manager Denis Callesen said huge icebergs formed in the lake, which were then rocked by massive waves for 30 minutes reported, 3News.
Any danger was avoided by the quick thinking boat operators who implemented safety procedures as soon as they suspected the area was becoming unstable.
"We have procedures to deal with this type of event and for some time have stayed 800 metres away from the Terminal Face as we suspected it was becoming unstable," he said.
This is another example of the power of these terrifying earthquakes that are continuing to cause tremendous damage across Canterbury.
View the photos of the icebergs on the 3News website.
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