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12-month deadline to strengthen earthquake-prone buildings -In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 26th, 2017.

The Government will put up $3 million to strengthen unreinforced masonry on earthquake-prone buildings in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Marlborough following the November 14 Kaikoura earthquake. Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced the fund on Wednesday, which would force the owners of about 300 buildings to strengthen unreinforced facades and parapets within 12 months. At […]

Earthquake-damaged buildings – Expert Reaction

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

Despite Wellington not being at the epicentre of Monday morning’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake, it suffered extensive damage to buildings – particularly the Statistics NZ building on the waterfront in which a floor tipped on an angle. Engineers commented on the damage and why some buildings were more affected than others. Professor John Tookey, Head of […]

Wellington and sea level rise – Dominion Post

Laura Goodall posted in on October 17th, 2014.

After the recent publication of Wellington City Council’s Sea Level Rise Options Analysis report, The Dominion Post’s Olivia Wannan looks at how Wellington might prepare for a more watery future. An excerpt (read in full here): …Several levels of ocean-level rise were modelled in the report, and heights of 0.6m and 1.5m were used as examples to […]

Earthquakes – engineering snapshot on 6.5M quake

Peter Griffin posted in on July 23rd, 2013.

IPENZ: The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) has today released an Engineering Snapshot – key points and lessons learnt from Monday’s 6.5 earthquake to help the public and building owners better prepare for the “big one”. IPENZ chief executive Andrew Cleland said Monday’s tremor was not the “big one”, but building owners and […]

‘Slow slip’ quake beneath Wellington

John Kerr posted in on May 28th, 2013.

Forty kilometres below Wellington two tectonic plates are grinding against each other in an almost imperceptible slow-motion earthquake. The Kapiti “slow slip” quake has received a great deal of public attention after it was highlighted this week in a GeoNet blog post from Operations Scientist Caroline Little. Her post, dauntingly titled M7 slow release earthquake […]

Wellington council focuses on quake resilience

John Kerr posted in on February 17th, 2012.

An announcement from the Wellington City Council  that it will be examining the city’s earthquake resilience has received wide media coverage just days before the anniversary of the February 22nd Christchurch quake. In press statement released today, the Wellington council announced that a report to be considered by  the  Strategy and Policy Committee next week […]

TVNZ: Quake rattles Wellington

Peter Griffin posted in on March 2nd, 2011.

Last night, Wellington was rattled by a magnitude 4.5 earthquake just after 10pm at night. It was focused 20km northwest of the city, at a depth of 40km: no reports of damage were submitted. An excerpt: (read in full here) “GNS Science seismologist Dr John Ristau says the quake has no links to what Canterbury […]

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NZ Herald: Scientists say eruption long overdue

Peter Griffin posted in on September 22nd, 2009.

New Zealand Herald Australian correspondent Greg Ansley looks at claims from an Australian scientist that an eruption on the Australian mainland was an inevitability and should be planned for. An excerpt: (read in full here) “There are only two active volcanoes on Australian territory: “Big Ben” on Heard Island in the depths of the Southern […]

NZ Herald: Wellington’s ‘big one’ likely to take some time

Peter Griffin posted in on September 21st, 2009.

Anthony Doesburg of the New Zealand Herald writes about It’s Our Fault, a GNS-led project which aims to gain a better understanding of when the next big quake might hit Wellington, and what its effects could be. According to the project, the Wellington fault is not facing imminent rupture – while it’s certainly active, there […]

Running Hot ’08 – focus on emerging scientists

Peter Griffin posted in on October 28th, 2008.

October 29 – 31, Wellington The Running Hot conference kicks off tomorrow (October 29) and will bring together emerging scientists from around the country as interdisciplinary research and ways to collaborate on scientific projects are discussed. International speakers jetting into Wellington for the conference include Professor Ian Foster, a grid computing expert and director of […]

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