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Why so many aftershocks?

John Kerr posted in on June 22nd, 2011.

As the land beneath Christchurch continues to shake due to ongoing aftershocks, residents are are seeking answers from the experts. In an ‘ask an expert’ article published today on the Press website, reader’s questions such as  “why so many aftershocks?”  are put to scientists from GNS. An excerpt (read the full article here): Ask an […]

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Earthquake risk in Christchurch

John Kerr posted in on June 15th, 2011.

Following Mondays two damaging aftershocks, Christchurch is starting — once more — the arduous task of clean up. But are they out of the woods yet? Seismologists have been working hard to keep the public informed of the current estimates for future shocks. Following Tuesday’s initial coverage, further reporting has explored the future risk of […]

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Christchurch hit by powerful aftershocks

John Kerr posted in on June 13th, 2011.

Christchurch was struck by two strong aftershocks this afternoon. Details of the severity and the extent of damage continue to emerge. Still recovering from the September and February earthquakes, Christchurch was struck by two strong aftershock earthquakes this afternoon. The first aftershock struck at 1pm. The magnitude 5.5 quake was centred at Taylor’s Mistake, a […]

‘I predicted the earthquake’ – scientists respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 1st, 2011.

UPDATED – new comment below Recent media coverage has focused attention on unfounded claims that earthquakes can be predicted by various methods, some involving the moon’s influence on tidal forces which may “trigger” large quakes on already stressed fault lines. Scientists, including seismologists, geophysicists and psychologists, contacted the Science Media Centre today with comments in […]

The Press: Whose fault is it anyway? The scientists remain divided

Peter Griffin posted in on January 27th, 2011.

Paul Gorman writes about the divergent views of scientists regarding whether or not faults lie directly beneath the gravels of Christchurch. While the recent aftershocks in Christchurch are helping to fill in the picture better, GNS has said that there is, as yet, no solid proof that this might be the case. An excerpt: (read […]

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