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Megathrust earthquakes along the East Coast

14 months ago by Bruce Hayward

Megathrust earthquakes are the largest earthquakes known to occur on Earth. Dr Bruce Hayward of Geomarine Research, Auckland, says that at least four, and possibly more, of these earthquakes were likely megathrust earthquakes produced by massive ruptures on the tectonic plate boundary that dips beneath the east coast of the North Island.

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Hazards without disasters

15 months ago by Maria McNutt

A natural hazard need not become a human disaster if society learns and applies lessons in preparation and resilience. 

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Designing buildings, cities and open spaces for resilience

15 months ago by Kate Boersen

An unusual combination of architects and scientists from Victoria University of Wellington and GNS Science have come together to explore how buildings, cities and open spaces are designed for resilience.

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Natural Hazards Research Platform

15 months ago by Hannah Brackley

Dr Hannah Brackley, Director of the Natural Hazards Research Platform discusses the role scientists and engineers have as 'science responders' in the event of a natural hazard 

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River tsunami? New Zealand’s largest historical tsunami

16 months ago by Helen Shea and Kate Boersen

The first research of its kind to examine New Zealand’s largest historical tsunami has just been completed by University of New South Wales student, Geordie Donaldson

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How prepared are you?

16 months ago by Amandine Dhellemmes, David Johnston, Graham Leonard

For the last few months, scientists from GNS Science and Massey University - through the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) - have been exploring tsunami awareness and preparedness along...

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World’s shallowest slow motion earthquakes detected off the North Island's east coast

17 months ago by Laura Wallace

An international team of researchers from the US, Japan and New Zealand have found that slow-motion earthquakes or “slow slip events” can rupture the shallow portion of a fault that...

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The Story of Ocosta School

17 months ago by Caroline Orchiston, David Johnston, Emily Lambie, Julia Becker, Kate Boersen, Steve Jensen

Ocosta School, Westport, Washington State, USA has developed the first tsunami vertical evacuation structure in western USA. Paula Ackerlun, the Superintendent of the School District in Westport, Washington State  was instrumental...

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Detectives at work: Understanding the Hikurangi tectonic plate boundary

18 months ago by Kate Boersen

National and international scientists have been working on three different research projects that aim to investigate the causes and consequences of previously undetectable tectonic movements, known as slow slip events,...

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Phone app helping scientists do science

19 months ago by Kate Boersen

A new app developed by U.S. scientists can turn your smartphone into an earthquake sensor and potentially save lives.

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