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Slow motion quake offers seismic clues – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 6th, 2016.

For the first time, scientists have watched a slow-motion earthquake unfold below the sea, offering insights into the earthquake and tsunami risk New Zealand faces. A new study, published in the leading journal Science, reports on the Hikurangi Ocean Bottom Investigation of Tremor and Slow Slip (HOBITSS) experiment. Two dozen sensors deployed along the seafloor […]

Alpine fault shifts greater than thought

John Kerr posted in on March 8th, 2016.

The Alpine Fault running down the middle of the South Island has shifted more than previously thought. New research from Victoria University Wellington and GNS Science has revealed that the two sides of the fault have shifted 700km relative to each other in the last 25 million years – more than any other known onland […]

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 […]

Italy quake experts cleared of manslaughter

Laura Goodall posted in on November 11th, 2014.

An Italian court has overturned manslaughter convictions against six scientists for failing to give adequate warning of an 2009 earthquake that killed more than 300 people in L’Aquila, Italy.  The 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck L’Aquila, in Italy’s central Abruzzo region, on 6 April 2009, destroying tens of thousands of buildings and killing or injuring more than 1,500 […]

Earthquake scientists guilty of manslaughter in Italy – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on October 23rd, 2012.

Overnight six Italian scientists and a government official were found guilty of manslaughter for underestimating the risks of a killer earthquake in the town of L’Aquila in 2009. All seven were members of the Major Risks Committee and were sentenced to six years in prison for failing to warn the population of the risks just […]

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