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Kiwi scientists discover how Earth’s plates move

Laura Goodall posted in on February 5th, 2015.

New Zealand researchers have developed the clearest picture yet of what happens at the base of tectonic plates and how they move across Earth’s surface in a study published in Nature today. For the first time, an international team of scientists based out of Wellington, has been able to see 100 kilometres under the earth’s […]

New fault line discovered in Wellington Harbour

Laura Goodall posted in on October 8th, 2014.

A previously unknown fault in Wellington Harbour has been discovered, but scientists say it is unlikely to increase the capital’s known risk of earthquake damage. The Aotea fault, named for its proximity to Aotea Quay, was found by NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) marine geologists mapping the area between the Cook Strait Ferry terminal and Point […]

NZ Herald: Map faults before rebuild – geologist

Peter Griffin posted in on March 3rd, 2011.

Isaac Davison writes in the New Zealand Herald about advice from a geologist saying that the faults underlying the Canterbury Plains need to be understood and mapped before the rebuilding of Christchurch begins. Other unknown faults such as those which caused the Darfield and Christchurch earthquakes could lie under the city, but an ultrasound-like image […]

RadioNZ: Research to unearth more about Alpine Fault

Peter Griffin posted in on January 25th, 2011.

The first of two planned boreholes into the Alpine Fault has been completed. The longest active fault in New Zealand, the research (being spearheaded by CRI GNS Science) aims to better understand the fault’s behaviour, and how it has fractured. An accompanying Checkpoint piece can be listened to here. An excerpt: (read in full here) […]

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