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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 […]

An eye on natural hazards – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 20th, 2017.

While researchers find out more about the risks and behaviours of volcanoes and earthquakes, a leading disaster risk reduction expert says we’re too focused on reacting to disasters rather than preparing for them. Former director for the UN’s Office of Disaster Risk Reduction Elizabeth Longworth spoke to Radio NZ ahead of a seminar on Monday […]

Tsunami hazard report makes waves in NZ media

John Kerr posted in on October 2nd, 2013.

A report reviewing the tsunami hazard in New Zealand has received intense media coverage this week.  The report, updating a previous review from 2005, notes the overall risk of a tsunami striking New Zealand coast has not changed. However new modelling data, drawing on the 2011 Tokohu tsunami,  suggests that the size of such a […]

New Zealand tsunami hazard – the science updated

Peter Griffin posted in on September 30th, 2013.

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management today released a review of tsunami hazard in New Zealand, the first major update of the science since 2005, and encompassing the whole of New Zealand’s coastline for the first time. Click here to download Review of Tsunami Hazard in New Zealand (2013 Update) The review shows the maximum possible […]

7.4 magnitude quake hits Christchurch

Peter Griffin posted in on September 4th, 2010.

A reported 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch at around 4.35am this morning. Seismic details of the quake are being reported on Geonet. CNN reports that the U.S Geological Survey has downgraded the magnitude assessment to 7.0. The SMC will be posting comments from natural hazards experts here as soon as possible.

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