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Specialists gather to share knowledge on quake-preparedness - 12/10/2001

International specialists will gather in Wellington next week for a workshop on the measures that can be taken to reduce New Zealand's vulnerability to earthquakes.

Tuesday's quake biggest in six years - 22/08/2001

Tuesday's magnitude 7.0 earthquake 420km northeast of Gisborne was New Zealand's biggest jolt since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck in a similar location on 6 February 1995.

NZ scientists visit quake-hit Peru - 31/07/2001

Three New Zealand scientists are visiting Peru this week to investigate the after effects of the magnitude 8.4 earthquake that struck southern Peru on June 23.

Scientists slice rare deep-sea mineralised chimney in half - 03/04/2001

Scientists in Wellington have sliced a rare deep-sea volcanic growth in half in a bid to find out more about submarine hydrothermal systems and their associated mineral deposits.

Major marine seismic survey gets underway - 17/04/2001

The Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS) has joined forces with TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, a leading provider of seismic data to the international oil exploration industry, to conduct a large seismic survey in deep water off the North Island’s west coast.

NZ experts visit quake-hit Seattle - 05/03/2001

Four New Zealand earthquake and emergency management specialists are in quake-hit Seattle this week to collect information relevant to New Zealand.

GNS welcomes upgrade of hazard monitoring network - 22/02/2001

The proposed upgrade of New Zealand’s geological hazard monitoring network will lead to greatly improved monitoring of geological hazards and strengthen disaster management response, Chairman of the Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS) Derek Milne said today.

Coast to coast study to yield North Island's deep secrets - 07/02/2001

Scientists from New Zealand, England, and Japan are to spend the next three weeks using a 400km-long line of earthquake recorders to find out more about the rock layers deep under the central North Island.

Bay quake highlights NZ's vulnerability - 02/02/2001

The 70th anniversary of the 1931 magnitude 7.8 Hawke’s Bay earthquake is a reminder of New Zealand’s vulnerability to earthquakes.

NZ decides not to send study group to El Salvador - 25/01/2001

New Zealand scientists, engineers and emergency management officials have decided not to go to El Salvador to study the aftermath of the recent magnitude 7.6 earthquake that resulted in the deaths of at least 680 people.