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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 […]

Link between earthquakes and tides? – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 13th, 2016.

Japanese researchers say they have found a link between high tide and large earthquakes, which could indicate a greater likelihood of earthquakes following the new or full moon. The researchers reconstructed the size of tidal stress from the two weeks prior to earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 or higher over the past 20 years and say large […]

Quakes in Ecuador & Japan – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 18th, 2016.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday morning (NZT), centred near the coast, 170 km from the capital Quito. Latest reports indicate that the quake has killed at least 235 people and injured more than 1500. The Ecuador quake comes not long after strong quakes elsewhere in the Pacific, with magnitude 6.2 and 7.0 […]

Japan 6.4 quake kills two, injures hundreds – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 15th, 2016.

A 6.4 magnitude quake struck the Japanese island of Kyushu this morning (New Zealand time), killing at least two people and injuring hundreds more. There are reports of substantial building damage with dozens of houses collapsing in the shaking, BBC News reports. Although the quake was not as strong as the devastating magnitude 9 quake […]

‘Scientific’ whaling needs better scrutiny – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 21st, 2016.

Scientists are frustrated with the International Whaling Commission over the lack of science in Japan’s scientific whaling programme, and are calling for a new review system.  Japanese whalers are back in the Southern Ocean, aiming to kill 333 minke whales this year – purportedly for scientific purposes. In a correspondence article in this week’s Nature, […]

What can NZ learn from Japanese earthquakes? – The Press

Laura Goodall posted in on February 27th, 2015.

Paul Gorman, science editor at The Press, visited Japan on an Asia New Zealand Foundation and Foreign Press Center of Japan fellowship. In his follow-up opinion article, he compares earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and looks at how the Japanese use science to minimise their impact. An excerpt (read in full here): The repeating two- notes up, one-note […]

‘Scientific whaling’ decision – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on September 19th, 2014.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has voted in favour of a resolution restricting Japan’s scientific whaling program, but a representative of the country says they will proceed anyway. At a four day meeting in Slovenia, the commission voted in favour of a resolution put forward by New Zealand to impose limits on future scientific whaling […]

Fukushima three years on – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on March 10th, 2014.

Three years ago on March 11, 2011, the largest recorded earthquake in Japan’s history struck off the country’s north-eastern coast, triggering a massive tsunami and the worst nuclear power plant accident since Chernobyl. Our colleagues at the Science Media Centre of Japan collected comments from Japanese scientists about what progress has been made in cleaning […]

Japan quake released immense stress – study

John Kerr posted in on February 8th, 2013.

Samples of rock drilled from depths of the Pacific seafloor have revealed the tremendous release of tectonic pressure that occurred during the 2011 Tohoku-Oki Earthquake. The findings could have important implications for the understanding of fault boundaries and tsunami risk near New Zealand, says a Kiwi geologist involved the research. The new study, published today […]

Japan’s quake, tsunami one year on – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 7th, 2012.

On March 11 last year a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan triggering a powerful tsunami. Resulting waves reached heights of 40 metres and pushed a wall of seawater inland as far as 10 km in some regions. The human toll was immense, with over 15,000 people confirmed dead and an additional […]

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