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Quakes in Ecuador & Japan – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 18th, 2016.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday morning (NZT), centred near the coast, 170 km from the capital Quito. Latest reports indicate that the quake has killed at least 235 people and injured more than 1500. The Ecuador quake comes not long after strong quakes elsewhere in the Pacific, with magnitude 6.2 and 7.0 […]

Christchurch Valentine’s Day quake – In the News

John Kerr posted in on February 15th, 2016.

A magnitude 5.7 quake struck Christchurch just after 1pm yesterday. Strong shaking was reported and a cliff near Sumner partially collapsed sending up a large cloud of dust. Initial reports indicate the damage in the city has been minor and superficial. Selected coverage of the quakes includes: The Wireless: Why does this keep happening to […]

Scientists to drill deep into Alpine Fault

John Kerr posted in on June 26th, 2014.

Scientist are planning to drill deep in the Alpine Fault to learn more about the fault and the earthquakes it produces with surprising regularity – at least in geological terms. The location is regarded by scientists as one of the best sites in the world to study the inner workings of a major plate boundary fault. […]

Quakes shake Auckland

John Kerr posted in on March 18th, 2013.

Auckland was shaken yesterday afternoon by two earthquakes measuring magnitude 3.1 and 3.9, centred in the Hauraki Gulf about 15 km north-east of Auckland. Even small scale quakes are rare in the region and geologists have reassured Aucklanders that larger quakes are unlikely. GNS Science staff did not report any evidence that the quakes were […]

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‘Well behaved’ Alpine fault – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on June 28th, 2012.

New research out today reveals that the Alpine Fault – a strike-slip fault running almost the entire length of the South Island – is surprisingly “well-behaved” in its regularity. But good behaviour, in a scientific sense, may not bring much comfort to South Islanders. In earthquake terms, the 850km-long fault is remarkably consistent, rupturing on […]

UK, US reports link fracking and quakes

John Kerr posted in on April 20th, 2012.

The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose “spectacularly” near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, according to a new study. The new report from the US Geological Survey comes just days after a UK report confirmed a causal link between fracking and seismic activity at a drilling site in […]

Wellington council focuses on quake resilience

John Kerr posted in on February 17th, 2012.

An announcement from the Wellington City Council  that it will be examining the city’s earthquake resilience has received wide media coverage just days before the anniversary of the February 22nd Christchurch quake. In press statement released today, the Wellington council announced that a report to be considered by  the  Strategy and Policy Committee next week […]

Earthquake commission hears from scientists

John Kerr posted in on October 19th, 2011.

Scientists spoke this week at the first of many hearings held by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Canterbury Earthquakes. The Science Media Centre has drawn together the some of the media coverage so far. The commission’s inquiry will report on the causes of building failure as a result of the quakes and the […]

Experts on link between Canterbury quakes

John Kerr posted in on September 23rd, 2011.

A new study suggests that geological stress caused by the September Darfield quake may have ‘loaded’ the fault that ruptured in the February Canterbury quake. New Zealand geologists agree this is possible but are treating the research with caution. A team of Italian Seismologists have analysed ground deformation data from a Japanese satellite to investigate […]

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