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Eyewitness accounts of an orange glow in the sky above the epicentre during the main shockwave of the 1968 Inangahua earthquake were dismissed as fanciful at the time. The phenomenon, known as ''earthquake lights'', has been reported for centuries and remains one of the great mysteries of earth science.
Ground-shaking recordings taken on the West Coast during the 1968 magnitude 7 Inangahua earthquake were so strong that some scientists refused to believe them.
In dollar terms, the 1968 Inangahua earthquake was New Zealand's fourth most damaging earthquake this century. In 1998 values it cost $39 million in damage to buildings and their contents. Excluded from this figure is damage to roads, bridges and other uninsured property.
Six potential oil and gas-bearing geological structures, each as big as the large Maui natural gas field in Taranaki, have been discovered off New Zealand's East Coast, geologists say.
New Zealand scientists are leading an international team in a study of New Zealand rocks and fossils to try and find out what killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Ground-movement data from New Zealand earthquakes dating back 30 years is now available on CD-ROM.
Movement during a big earthquake near Antarctica two days ago was horizontal which meant there was little likelihood of a tsunami, a seismologist said today.
A landslide at the Golden Cross Mine at Waihi, on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island, is one of the most thoroughly studied and most comprehensively monitored landslides in the world.
A potentially large gas field off the North Island's Wairarapa coast may be big enough to warrant serious exploration, a geologist's report says.
A group of international scientists visiting New Zealand this week have cast doubt on accepted views about the lifespan of some commercial fish species.