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Deaths following Aceh earthquake – Expert Reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on December 8th, 2016.

There are reports of nearly 100 deaths following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck near Aceh, in Indonesia, late Tuesday evening. The Australian Science Media Centre gathered expert reaction on the earthquake. Please feel free to use these comments in your reporting. Dr Behzad Fatahi, Associate Professor of Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering and a Chartered […]

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Is whitebaiting sustainable? Expert Reaction

The whitebait season closed around most of the country last week, with several regions reporting ‘lacklustre’ catch this year. The whitebait fry – considered a delicacy by many – are the juveniles of five species of galaxiid, four of which are considered threatened or declining. The SMC asked freshwater experts for their views on the sustainability […]

December 7th, 2016 Read full Story

How is the science sector tracking? – Expert reaction

UPDATED: A snapshot of New Zealand’s science and innovation system has laid out where we are doing well and where there is room for improvement compared to other small advanced economies. The Science and Innovation System Performance Report was published yesterday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is intended to benchmark performance […]

November 30th, 2016 Read full Story

Japanese earthquake and tsunami – Expert Reaction

A tsunami has struck the coast of Japan following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake, with further tsunamis expected. The Australian Science Media Centre gathered expert reaction – please feel free to use these comment in your reporting. Professor James Goff, is Director of the Australia-Pacific Tsunami Research Centre and Natural Hazards Research Laboratory, University of New […]

November 22nd, 2016 Read full Story

Canterbury tsunami following earthquake confirmed – Expert Reaction

Scientists have confirmed a tsunami did occur along the Canterbury coastline following Monday morning’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. It reinforces the correct decision people made to self-evacuate in the wee hours of the morning. Dr Matthew Hughes, lecturer in geohazards, risk and resilience, University of Canterbury “Following the ongoing earthquake sequence in North Canterbury that began […]

November 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Earthquake-damaged buildings – Expert Reaction

Despite Wellington not being at the epicentre of Monday morning’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake, it suffered extensive damage to buildings – particularly the Statistics NZ building on the waterfront in which a floor tipped on an angle. Engineers commented on the damage and why some buildings were more affected than others. Professor John Tookey, Head of […]

November 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Kaikoura earthquake recovery – Expert Reaction

As tourists are evacuated from Kaikoura – isolated by road since Monday morning’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake – attention is starting to turn to the recovery process. Reopening the state highway and strengthening alternative routes will be critical to connecting Kaikoura and surrounding rural communities with essential supply lines. Jersey Seipel is a lecturer in humanitarian […]

November 17th, 2016 Read full Story

Marine uplift from Kaikoura earthquake – Expert Reaction

Among the startling images of landslides, broken roads and railway tracks tossed aside by Monday morning’s Kaikoura earthquake, we’ve also seen pictures of coastal areas thrust upward and out of the water. We asked marine experts about what happened. Dr Joshu Mountjoy, marine geologist, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) “Multiple tectonic fault […]

November 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake – Expert Reaction

Seismologists are racing to find out more about the magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck the South Island shortly after midnight this morning. The Australian Science Media Centre gathered the following expert reaction, please feel free to use these in your reporting. [Note: since this was written, the November 14 earthquake has been upgraded to magnitude […]

November 14th, 2016 Read full Story

Could vaping be a new weapon to battle obesity? – Expert Reaction

Electronic cigarettes with flavoured liquids could help with weight control, according to a commentary co-authored by New Zealand researchers. The commentary, published today in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, examined current scientific knowledge of the effect of vaping on weight control. The researchers – including two Massey University academics – said that while research was needed […]

October 26th, 2016 Read full Story


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