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Expert Q&A: The science of the Ngauranga slip

Peter Griffin posted in on July 12th, 2017.

Yesterday’s landslip that blocked State Highway 1 into Wellington has been cleared away, but how did it happen and are we likely to see more of these types of slips? The Science Media Centre put the following questions about the slip to engineering geologist, Dr Chris Massey. Dr Chris Massey, engineering geologist, GNS Science, comments: […]

Landslides in Nepal – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 30th, 2015.

Residents across quake-ravaged Nepal face a significant ongoing threat in the form of major landslides, says a New Zealand expert. Overseas media including PBS News Hour and NBC News report that the devastating April 25 earthquake triggered many landslides, but aftershocks threaten to cause further slips. Increased rain during the approaching monsoon season will also […]

NZ Herald: Christchurch quake: Rockfall threat still strong, say experts

Peter Griffin posted in on February 24th, 2011.

The threat of landslides has emerged near the epicentre of Tuesday’s earthquake, potentially threatening Lyttelton, Rapaki and Sumner. Geologists will be placing monitoring stakes in the hills to measure whether landslides were approaching populated areas. An excerpt: (read in full here) Dr Mark Quigley, a geology lecturer at the University of Canterbury, said: “These are […]

The Press/NZPA: Global warming ‘toppled Mt Cook’

Peter Griffin posted in on April 21st, 2010.

Global warming is likely responsible for the giant landslide which carved 10 metres off the top of Mt Cook in 1991, according to a Swiss study looking into slope failures across the world. The landslide followed patterns seen elsewhere in the world, and such slope failures have become more frequent in the last few decades. […]

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