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A new research centre for studying climate history in the Southern Hemisphere opened this week.The $1.4 million facility at GNS Science’s National Isotope Centre in Lower Hutt comprises laboratories, analytical equipment, and refrigerated rooms for the safe long-term storage of hundreds of metres of ice core from Antarctica and New Zealand glaciers.
A camera installed by GNS Science near the summit of Ruapehu has captured the moment when the wall of tephra that had been holding back the Crater Lake failed, triggering the spectacular lahar.
Researchers from GNS Science and Massey University have spent the last three days gathering a flood of data about Sunday’s spectacular lahar as part of a $1 million research programme to gather maximum scientific value from the event.
Volcanologists today said it was possible there could be increased volcanic activity at Mount Ruapehu following Sunday’s partial emptying of the crater lake to the former overflow level.
New Zealand’s most damaging recent earthquake – a magnitude 6.1 jolt that struck eastern Bay of Plenty on the afternoon of March 2, 1987 – occurred 20 years ago today.
Aucklanders were shaken by three tremors last night. The largest of these was a magnitude 4.5 earthquake that struck at 9pm, and was felt from Warkworth in the north right through to Waihi at the base of Coromandel Peninsula.
Some of New Zealand's top scientists and their overseas counterparts are pushing for the establishment of an earthquake and volcano forecasting centre.The aim is to make more effective use of New Zealand earthquake and volcano research to improve the understanding of natural hazards.
Government-owned science company GNS Science is using new laser technology to accurately measure erosion rates of the tephra dam at Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake.
Scientists on the German research ship Sonne have completed the first part of a three-month investigation of gas hydrates under the seafloor off the North Island's East Coast.
Scientists from GNS Science and the Department of Conservation installed a set of lake-monitoring equipment on Mount Ruapehu last weekend.