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Link between earthquakes and tides? – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 13th, 2016.

Japanese researchers say they have found a link between high tide and large earthquakes, which could indicate a greater likelihood of earthquakes following the new or full moon. The researchers reconstructed the size of tidal stress from the two weeks prior to earthquakes of magnitude 5.5 or higher over the past 20 years and say large […]

Media, disasters & the public – audio collection

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 17th, 2014.

Communicating vital information to the public during disasters is an essential, but sometimes daunting, responsibility for scientists and engineers. At the request of members of the natural hazards research community, the Science Media Centre hosted a workshop reflecting on challenges faced and lessons learned during recent major events, such as the Canterbury and Cook Strait quakes, the eruption of Mt […]

Communicating earthquake science – Mark Quigley

John Kerr posted in on February 22nd, 2013.

Scientists must engage with the public and the media on disaster issues, warns one of New Zealand’s most public-facing earthquake scientists, otherwise misinformation will fill the gap.  Dr Mark  Quigley, Senior Lecturer in Active Tectonics and Geomorphology, University of Canterbury spoke this week at the joint PCST / Science Communicators Association of New Zealand conference […]

Getting SAVVY: media skills for scientists

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 31st, 2012.

Science Media SAVVY, a new series of media skills workshops the Science Media Centre is running for scientists, kicked off to great effect this week in Christchurch. Twelve talented researchers, selected from a pool of over 50 applicants, were put through their paces by Peter, Dacia and veteran media trainer Michael Brown. Over two full days, […]

Mark Quigley reflects on the Christchurch Quakes

John Kerr posted in on September 5th, 2011.

Last week John Campbell met with Dr Mark Quigley from the School of Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury to discuss the scientific and personal implications of the Christchurch earthquakes. You can watch the video here. From the 3 News site: We first met Mark Quigley after the day after the September 7.1 shake […]

NZ Herald: Map faults before rebuild – geologist

Peter Griffin posted in on March 3rd, 2011.

Isaac Davison writes in the New Zealand Herald about advice from a geologist saying that the faults underlying the Canterbury Plains need to be understood and mapped before the rebuilding of Christchurch begins. Other unknown faults such as those which caused the Darfield and Christchurch earthquakes could lie under the city, but an ultrasound-like image […]

NBR: Scientists back Campbell in Moon Man quake prediction row

Peter Griffin posted in on March 2nd, 2011.

Chris Keall writes in the National Business Review about the controversy over Ken Ring’s claimed prediction of last week’s earthquake (and another on March 20), and scientists’ support of John Campbell in calling out Ring’s predictions as pseudoscience. Included are comments, gathered by the Science Media Centre from experts, on the subject. An excerpt: (read […]

Dr Mark Quigley: Earthquakes, science and the media

Peter Griffin posted in on November 8th, 2010.

TVNZ: The University of Canterbury’s earthquake expert Mark Quigley presents to a packed-out audience in Christchurch on the Canterbury quake and becoming a science rockstar in the aftermath. Click here to view the video on the TVNZ website.

The Press: Fault changes may be good for Canty

Peter Griffin posted in on September 15th, 2010.

Paul Gorman writes in The Press that scientists believe that the earthquake which shook Canterbury last weekend could have had a beneficial effect: the timing of next big earthquake in the region could have been pushed back. A number of faults moved during the earthquake, although it is too early to say yet whether any […]

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