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Waipapa Bay Surf Photo: 'Waipapa Bay area after the 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake' by Rob Davies

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Open ocean wave model on 15 November at 12 pm

Forecast wind and swell just offshore from Waipapa Bay around the time the photo was taken

Waipapa Bay area after the 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake
user: Rob Davies (852 photos)
photo taken at: 11:36 am 15 Nov 2016

Waipapa Bay area after the 7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake

New Zealand | Waipapa Bay

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Just look at the new fault scarp, about 2m high! Uploaded so this site can figure where the tide was at the time of this image. That way we will get some idea of how much uplift there is in the Waipapa and Clarence areas. First impressions for the Kaikoura breaks is that high water is now about where low water was at Kahutara and with that effect increasing as we go north to about Clarence and Kekerengu. Some breaks may have been destroyed but others may have improved and entirely new ones created.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.