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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 […]

JOIDES Resolution charts a course for NZ waters – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 30th, 2016.

The world’s largest geoscience programme has confirmed that the research ship JOIDES Resolution will undertake several projects exploring the seafloor off New Zealand’s coast. The International Ocean Discovery Programme (IODP) has given the green light to a series of five back-to-back projects starting in August 2017, representing NZ$80 million in investment. The JOIDES Resolution, an […]

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 […]

Tsunami warning in wake of Chile quake

John Kerr posted in on September 17th, 2015.

A magnitude-8.3 earthquake striking off the coast of Chile has lead to tsunami warnings around the Pacific, including New Zealand. The quake occurred near Valparaiso, Chile just before 11AM NZT today. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has issued a tsunami warning for East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel, and Banks Peninsula. An alert […]

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 […]

Tsunami risk from Chilean earthquake – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 2nd, 2014.

A two metre-high tsunami has been generated after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean off Chile earlier today. The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the quake was centred 86km north-west of Iquique in northern Chile. A tsunami warning has been issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador and a tsunami watch is in effect […]

Tsunami hazard report makes waves in NZ media

John Kerr posted in on October 2nd, 2013.

A report reviewing the tsunami hazard in New Zealand has received intense media coverage this week.  The report, updating a previous review from 2005, notes the overall risk of a tsunami striking New Zealand coast has not changed. However new modelling data, drawing on the 2011 Tokohu tsunami,  suggests that the size of such a […]

New Zealand tsunami hazard – the science updated

Peter Griffin posted in on September 30th, 2013.

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management today released a review of tsunami hazard in New Zealand, the first major update of the science since 2005, and encompassing the whole of New Zealand’s coastline for the first time. Click here to download Review of Tsunami Hazard in New Zealand (2013 Update) The review shows the maximum possible […]

Solomon Islands earthquake and tsunami – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 7th, 2013.

Yesterday’s magnitude 8.0 earthquake in the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami which damaged villages and at killed at least five people in the Pacific islands. Tsunami warnings were also issued for more distant coastlines, including New Zealand, but lifted later in the day. Our colleagues at the Australian SMC collected the following expert commentary. Feel […]

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