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Everyone agrees NZ needs a better tsunami warning system. But what? – Jane Cunneen

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

Following the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, much has been said about the confusion around tsunami warnings and what a solution might look like, writes Curtin University’s Dr Jane Cunneen. An excerpt (read in full): The prime minister says that a cellphone-based tsunami alert system will be announced shortly. At a reported cost of $20 million, […]

Why I joined the call to fund a 24/7 operations centre for GeoNet – Shaun Hendy

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 24th, 2016.

Following the Kaikoura earthquake, calls have been made for a 24/7 hazard monitoring system. Professor Shaun Hendy, author of Silencing Science, wrote about why he supported the call. An excerpt (read in full): Do you remember those golden-weathered days when city-levelling earthquakes were things New Zealanders learnt about at school in history books? Six years after […]

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 […]

Canterbury tsunami following earthquake confirmed – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 18th, 2016.

Scientists have confirmed a tsunami did occur along the Canterbury coastline following Monday morning’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. It reinforces the correct decision people made to self-evacuate in the wee hours of the morning. Dr Matthew Hughes, lecturer in geohazards, risk and resilience, University of Canterbury “Following the ongoing earthquake sequence in North Canterbury that began […]

Confusion over tsunami warnings – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 18th, 2016.

As the bustle of the first few days after this week’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake begins to settle, questions are turning toward the confused tsunami messages sent in the wee hours of Monday morning. After the earthquake struck at 12.02am and automated estimates initially estimated the magnitude as 6.8 (it was later upgraded to 7.5 and several […]

Responding to the Monster – Reflections on Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 16th, 2016.

GeoNet’s director Dr Ken Gledhill wrote a heartfelt post about Monday morning’s magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the resulting tsunami warning. [Note: since this was written, the November 14 earthquake has been upgraded to magnitude 7.8.] An excerpt (read in full): M7.5 Earthquake: a monster in the making As a geophysicist, there are a few important […]

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 […]

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