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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 […]

Megathrust quake research in the news

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2015.

New evidence of historic earthquakes under central New Zealand has received widespread media coverage this week. The two earthquakes took place within the last 1000 years, and one was accompanied by a tsunami, according to the study published in the Bulletin of the Seimological Society of America (BSSA). The study, led by GNS Science researchers, […]

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Evidence of subduction quakes under central NZ – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2015.

Scientists have found, for the first time, direct geological evidence of ‘megathrust‘ subduction quakes occurring under central New Zealand. Subduction earthquakes occur where tectonic plates meet, have the potential to be larger in magnitude than fault ruptures closer to the surface, and are more likely to trigger tsunamis. Analysing sediment cores extracted from a coastal […]

Scientists plan tectonic research

John Kerr posted in on April 15th, 2013.

One hundred and sixty scientists from around the globe are gathering in Wellington this week to discuss potential projects examining the geology of subduction zones, the places where one tectonic plate slips under another. The meeting, held at Te Papa, is a workshop organised by GeoPRISMS, an initiative funded by the US National Science Foundation […]

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