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East Cape earthquake and tsunami warning – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 2nd, 2016.

An early morning earthquake off the coast of the East Cape rattled many from their beds and sparked a tsunami warning. The Science Media Centre asked GNS Science seismologist Dr John Ristau to answer some questions about earthquakes in the region. Please feel free to use this Q&A in your reporting. Dr John Ristau, seismologist, GNS […]

GeoNet changed NZ earthquake science dramatically – Helen Anderson

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 29th, 2016.

Cantabrians have former seismologist Dr Helen Anderson’s vote for the world’s best citizen seismologists, she writes in Fairfax’s science page, Catalyst. An excerpt (read in full): Before [GeoNet], seismologists like me only knew an earthquake had occurred when the “drum” needles started shaking and the telephone for the seismological observatory became jammed with calls. For […]

Five years on: the Christchurch 2011 quake

John Kerr posted in on February 19th, 2016.

Five years on from the biggest disaster in modern New Zealand, experts share their experiences and thoughts. At 12:51 pm on the 22nd of  February, 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the city of Christchurch. One hundred and eighty five people lost their lives in the disaster, and the damage caused has been estimated in the […]

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 […]

Megathrust quake research in the news

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2015.

New evidence of historic earthquakes under central New Zealand has received widespread media coverage this week. The two earthquakes took place within the last 1000 years, and one was accompanied by a tsunami, according to the study published in the Bulletin of the Seimological Society of America (BSSA). The study, led by GNS Science researchers, […]

Evidence of subduction quakes under central NZ – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2015.

Scientists have found, for the first time, direct geological evidence of ‘megathrust‘ subduction quakes occurring under central New Zealand. Subduction earthquakes occur where tectonic plates meet, have the potential to be larger in magnitude than fault ruptures closer to the surface, and are more likely to trigger tsunamis. Analysing sediment cores extracted from a coastal […]

Kiwi scientists discover how Earth’s plates move

Laura Goodall posted in on February 5th, 2015.

New Zealand researchers have developed the clearest picture yet of what happens at the base of tectonic plates and how they move across Earth’s surface in a study published in Nature today. For the first time, an international team of scientists based out of Wellington, has been able to see 100 kilometres under the earth’s […]

Earthquake rattles lower North Island – science coverage

Peter Griffin posted in on January 21st, 2014.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake stuck the lower North Island of New Zealand yesterday at 3.52pm, centred 34 kilometres south-south-east of Palmerston North at a depth of 28 kilometres. The quake was felt over much of the country, with damage and power outages resulting in Palmerston North, Eketahuna and other parts of the lower North Island. […]

Varied NZ reaction to Italian quake trial

John Kerr posted in on October 24th, 2012.

The manslaughter conviction of six Italian scientists and a government official for underestimating the risks of an earthquake has sparked a range reactions from experts in New Zealand. While some NZ quake scientists have condemned the court’s actions others have backed the ruling holding the Italian experts  responsible for downplaying the risks to the public. […]

New quake research in the news

John Kerr posted in on November 2nd, 2011.

A swathe of newly published research on the Christchurch Quakes has revealed scientific insights into the tragic disaster. The international journal Seismological Research Letters published a special issue focusing solely on the Christchurch earth quakes. A total of 19 new research articles were included in the issue, covering a range of areas such as liquefaction, […]

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