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Hikurangi ‘Megathrust’ potential to be studied – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 26th, 2016.

GNS Science will lead a multi-million dollar study investigating the Hikurangi subduction zone and what danger it might pose to New Zealand. NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton highlighted the study, which has received $6.5 million in funding from the Government’s Endeavour Fund. The scientists will examine the Hikurangi subduction zone, where the Pacific tectonic plate […]

East Cape earthquake and tsunami warning – Expert Q&A

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

An early morning earthquake off the coast of the East Cape rattled many from their beds and sparked a tsunami warning. The Science Media Centre asked GNS Science seismologist Dr John Ristau to answer some questions about earthquakes in the region. Please feel free to use this Q&A in your reporting. Dr John Ristau, seismologist, GNS […]

East Coast ‘quake and tsunami warning – In the News

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

An early morning earthquake off the coast of the East Cape was widely felt across the North Island and prompted a tsunami warning. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake, 125 kilometres north-east of Te Araroa and 22km deep hit at 4.37am. It has been followed by a series of aftershocks, the largest of which was magnitude 6.2 […]

Sinking Dunedin’s flood risk – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 19th, 2016.

Reclaimed land in South Dunedin might be sinking faster than other areas, GNS Science researchers have found, coinciding with a push by the regional council to decide how to handle natural hazard risk in the region. Satellite data from ground stations around Dunedin show land might be sinking about 1mm a year – according to […]

Tūhoe and scientists collaborate on dinosaur hunt – In the news

Laura Goodall posted in on July 7th, 2016.

Ngāi Tūhoe and palaeontologists have teamed up to go digging for dinosaurs and understand more about how these animals lived in New Zealand. The research will focus on searching for fossil remains in streams that flow through Te Urewera National Park, which is managed by Ngāi Tūhoe. “They’re leading the project,” palaeontologist James Crampton from GNS Science […]

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 […]

Is a megathrust quake around the corner? – Campbell Live

Laura Goodall posted in on May 20th, 2015.

Campbell Live’s Tristram Clayton and Whena Owen interviewed GNS scientists last night about the latest findings on central New Zealand’s ‘megathrust’ quake zone. We already know that New Zealand is earthquake-prone and that the Hikurangi Margin, where the Australian Plate pushes down on the Pacific Plate, is a hotspot. However scientists have now found evidence, after analysing sediment cores from […]

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 […]

Ten years on: Experts reflect on the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami

John Kerr posted in on December 18th, 2014.

Ten years after the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, experts reflect on the event and how our understanding of these disasters has changed over the last decade. At 2pm NZT on the 26th December 2004,  a ~9.2 magnitude quake 160 km off the coast of northern Sumatra generated an immense tsunami, the likes of which […]

Bárðarbunga volcano – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on August 21st, 2014.

Locals and holidaymakers have been evacuated from areas near the Icelandic volcano Bárðarbunga, which has been threatening to erupt for the last few days. Although Bárðarbunga (Bardarbunga) isn’t spewing magma or ash yet, scientists are concerned about what Iceland’s Meteorological Office describes as an ‘intense seismic swarm’, where they recorded some 2,600 earthquakes over the weekend and detected the strongest earthquake since 1996 on Monday morning. Previously, […]

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