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Mt Agung eruption – Expert reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on November 29th, 2017.

After months of unrest, Mt Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali is finally erupting. The island was elevated to the highest level of volcanic alert on Monday morning.   Mt Agung has been spewing gas and ash since last week, and over 100,000 residents living near the volcano have been ordered to evacuate from a […]

Emergency Mobile Alert Test – Expert reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on November 27th, 2017.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) sent out a nationwide test of their new Emergency Mobile Alert last night at staggered times between 6pm and 7pm. Accompanied by a unique warning sound, the mobile alert was sent to all mobile phones that were on, within target areas, and capable of receiving the alert. In […]

Large quake shakes Snares Island – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 12th, 2017.

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck the Auckland Islands on Tuesday evening was close to, if not on, the subduction zone where the Australian Plate dips below the Pacific Plate, according to seismologists. The quake was centred about 200km to the southwest of Snares Island, part of the Auckland Islands group. GNS seismologist Dr Bill Fry […]

Extreme heat under the Southern Alps — In The News

Tessa Evans posted in on May 18th, 2017.

Drilling into the Alpine Fault to measure the conditions of the fault and monitor what happens before a major earthquake, a team of New Zealand and international scientists found extremely hot water just a couple of hundred metres down.  The Westland Deep Fault Drilling Project — jointly led by Victoria University of Wellington, GNS Science and the University […]

Alpine Fault interval refined – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 6th, 2017.

Improving on their 2012 study in Science, GNS Science researchers have refined their understanding of past earthquakes on the South-Westland section of the Alpine Fault. The additional data, published last week in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, brings the estimated average interval between quakes from 329 ± 26 years, down to 291 ± 23 years. Though the […]

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 […]

Effects of Kaikoura quake evident – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 6th, 2016.

Three weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the South Island, isolating the coastal town of Kaikoura and shutting buildings in Wellington, the impact of the shake on the South Island’s geology is apparent. GeoNet scientists have been up in the air spotting landslides in the Kaikouras and Southern Alps – they estimate between 80,000 […]

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 […]

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