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Effects of Kaikoura quake evident – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 6th, 2016.

Three weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the South Island, isolating the coastal town of Kaikoura and shutting buildings in Wellington, the impact of the shake on the South Island’s geology is apparent. GeoNet scientists have been up in the air spotting landslides in the Kaikouras and Southern Alps – they estimate between 80,000 […]

Everyone agrees NZ needs a better tsunami warning system. But what? – Jane Cunneen

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 2nd, 2016.

Following the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, much has been said about the confusion around tsunami warnings and what a solution might look like, writes Curtin University’s Dr Jane Cunneen. An excerpt (read in full): The prime minister says that a cellphone-based tsunami alert system will be announced shortly. At a reported cost of $20 million, […]

Why I joined the call to fund a 24/7 operations centre for GeoNet – Shaun Hendy

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 24th, 2016.

Following the Kaikoura earthquake, calls have been made for a 24/7 hazard monitoring system. Professor Shaun Hendy, author of Silencing Science, wrote about why he supported the call. An excerpt (read in full): Do you remember those golden-weathered days when city-levelling earthquakes were things New Zealanders learnt about at school in history books? Six years after […]

Japanese earthquake and tsunami – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 22nd, 2016.

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 […]

Kaikoura earthquake – Expert Q&A with GeoNet

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 21st, 2016.

Scientists are still unravelling what happened a week ago on several faults near Kaikoura and Culverden. We asked GeoNet scientists about what they have been finding out. What do we know about the possibility of stress added to neighbouring faults? “We understand this is an important question. We are currently developing the model for this […]

Canterbury tsunami following earthquake confirmed – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 18th, 2016.

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 […]

Confusion over tsunami warnings – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 18th, 2016.

As the bustle of the first few days after this week’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake begins to settle, questions are turning toward the confused tsunami messages sent in the wee hours of Monday morning. After the earthquake struck at 12.02am and automated estimates initially estimated the magnitude as 6.8 (it was later upgraded to 7.5 and several […]

Earthquake-damaged buildings – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 18th, 2016.

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 […]

Kaikoura earthquake recovery – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 17th, 2016.

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 […]

Earthquakes and landslides – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 17th, 2016.

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck North Canterbury on Monday morning caused numerous landslides, blocking roads and damming rivers. Early estimates suggest there could be tens of thousands of landslides through the area, causing hazards such as blocked rivers which could result in floodwaters if the dams break. Dr Tom Wilson and Professor Tim Davies […]

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