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Scratch marks on rocks point to rupture direction of future quakes 

Scratch marks on rocks point to rupture direction of future quakes

Media Releases and News

Scientists zero in on the causes of slow-slip earthquakes - 16/11/2020

Unravelling the causes of slow-slip earthquakes under the seafloor east of the North Island may lead to more accurate forecasts of big quakes and tsunamis generated by the Hikurangi subduction zone, scientists say.

Back-to-back voyages focus on Hikurangi subduction zone - 13/11/2020

Scientists from New Zealand, Japan, and the United States are currently involved in two back-to-back voyages to investigate the inner workings of the Hikurangi subduction zone off the North Island’s East Coast.

GNS Scientist Dr Georgia Grant wins the Hatherton Award for her paper on seal-level rise - 13/11/2020

The Hatherton Award, from Royal Society Te Apārangi, is for the best scientific paper by a PhD student at any New Zealand university studying physical sciences, earth sciences or mathematical and information sciences.

Scratch marks on rocks point to rupture direction of future quakes - 12/11/2020

Scratch lines left in rock faces along geological faults during earthquakes centuries ago may turn out to be crucial in helping to reduce the impact of future earthquakes.

New project aims at faster information on earthquakes and tsunamis - 28/10/2020

A new project, being led by GNS Science, is aiming to rapidly map earthquakes in four dimensions to help save lives and reduce economic losses in New Zealand and across the Southwest Pacific.

Waikato Lakes Sampled In National Lakes380 Research Project - 12/10/2020

At least 24 of Waikato’s lakes will be sampled over the next fortnight as part of the nationwide Lakes380 research project designed to better understand the environmental, social and cultural histories of approximately 10% of New Zealand's 3800 lakes.

GNS Science-led research programme aims at emissions-free energy supply - 30/09/2020

New Zealand is showing the way in a bid to make ‘green’ hydrogen a viable fuel to replace fossil fuels for a range of applications thanks to research being led by GNS Science.