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Why worry about tsunami when they only cause small waves in New Zealand?

Back-to-back voyages focus on Hikurangi subduction zones

Back-to-back voyages focus on Hikurangi subduction zone

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Alpine Fault rupture record more complex than previously thought, study finds - 04/12/2020

The 650km-long Alpine Fault, which runs up the spine of the South Island, appears to be more complex than previously thought, a new study has found.

Update on Worksafe investigation of Whakaari/White Island eruption

GNS Science has today been advised it faces charges relating to the eruption at Whakaari/White Island on 9 December 2019. We have not yet been advised of the nature of those charges.

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 sea-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.

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