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Volcanic activity in the Pacific Ring of Fire – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 28th, 2017.

A mass evacuation has been ordered from Vanuatu’s Ambae Island following a volcanic eruption. GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott is heading to Vanuatu on Friday to work with the local GeoHazards Group. He provided some background information on the Vanuatu, Bali and Mexico volcanoes that are currently active. Brad Scott, volcanologist, GNS Science, comments: “The Pacific Rim of […]

Auckland’s volcanic past: temperamental and unpredictable – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 19th, 2017.

Auckland’s volcanic past has been punctuated by periods of heightened activity and thousands of years of silence, according to two new research papers. Researchers from the DEVORA (Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland) research programme used argon-argon age dating to gather more precise timings of eruptions in the Auckland Volcanic Field. The oldest eruption (Pupuke) dates […]

Mantle’s melting moment – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 6th, 2017.

New Zealand scientists have used GPS data to better understand how the Earth’s mantle is melting deep below the North Island’s volcanoes. The study, published today in Nature, used GeoNet’s GPS sensors to measure horizontal and vertical shifts over the past decade, in a region stretching from Lake Taupō to the Bay of Plenty. Writing […]

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 […]

Kiwi volcano researcher elected to UK Royal Society

John Kerr posted in on May 5th, 2015.

Wellington geologist Prof Colin Wilson has received one of the highest international honours in science, with his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Prof Wilson’s election to the London-based Society was announced this week alongside 46 other Fellows. His major contributions to research stem from his work studying volcanoes and he is currently […]

Volcanic eruption in Japan – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 29th, 2014.

Japanese volcano Mount Ontake erupted suddenly over the weekend, when the popular recreational site was crowded with hikers, resulting in significant casualties. Rescue efforts are ongoing and the total loss of life has yet to be confirmed. Latest reports indicate over 47 deaths, with dozens more injured in the eruption. Ontake’s last major eruption was […]

Tongariro erupts

John Kerr posted in on November 21st, 2012.

An eruption occurred at Te Maari Craters, Tongariro at approximately 1:25 pm today (Wednesday, 21 November 2012). GNS Science volcanologists are monitoring the eruption and further information will be released as soon as it is available. Initial responses and eye witness accounts have featured in the rapid coverage below: TVNZ News: Mount Tongariro erupts – […]

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What does volcanic ash do to jet engines?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 12th, 2011.

Volcanic ash originating from the ongoing eruption of a Chilean volcano is causing disruptions to air traffic across New Zealand. The Civil Aviation Authority has said that local airspace may continue to be affected for up to a week. Access Metservice’s latest volcanic ash advisory here. Last year, during the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, our colleagues at […]

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