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Calbuco volcano eruption – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 24th, 2015.

The eruption of the Calbuco volcano in Chile – for the first time in over 40 years –  is causing headlines around world. New Zealand coverage includes, reporting in the New Zealand Herald, and TVNZ News. MetService has stated that the  Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre, in collaboration with international partners will monitor the […]

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 […]

Chilean volcanic activity – a closer look

John Kerr posted in on June 17th, 2011.

As fluctuating ash plumes ground flights in New Zealand and Australia, a clearer picture of the volcanic activity in Chile causing the disruption is emerging. From volcanologists Dr Tom Wilson at the University of Canterbury and Dr Graham Leonard at GNS Science. Tom and Graham work closely with USGS and other volcanologists researching volcanic ash […]

Experts respond: Disruption from Chilean volcano ash

John Kerr posted in on June 13th, 2011.

A sprawling ash plume from the Chilean Volcano Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, is causing disruptions to flights across the southern hemisphere. The SMC has contacted New Zealand experts for further explanation of the current situation and its impact. Feel free to use these quotes in your stories. To follow up with these or other local experts, please […]

The Press: The power of the Earth

Peter Griffin posted in on March 1st, 2010.

Luke Appleby, writing in The Press, puts into context the recent Chilean earthquake, the energy it produced, and its effects. An excerpt: (read in full here) “It’s estimated that a magnitude 8.8 quake generates 66.6 exajoules of energy – but how much is that in real terms? “Well, it’s a lot, but here are a few comparisons […]

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Experts on tsunami and Chilean earthquake

Peter Griffin posted in on February 28th, 2010.

Updated 7.30pm: Civil Defence has downgraded its national tsunami warning to an advisory but says water surges and rapid seal level changes could continue for up to 24 hours. “Wave heights could be larger than what we have currently experienced but within the threat levels and wave height estimates that have been previously forecast,” it […]

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