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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 […]

Running the numbers on quake risk

John Kerr posted in on July 22nd, 2011.

Although many people would like them to, scientists cannot predict earthquakes. They can, however, estimate the probability of one occurring using hazard modelling systems. Paul Gorman from the Press quizzed GNS Science on the most up-to-date odds of another strong shake hitting quake-stricken Christchurch. An excerpt (read in full here): One in seven chance of […]

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