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Chance discovery finds ‘Goldilocks conditions’ needed for quakes to trigger a volcanic eruption - 04/04/2020

A chance discovery by researchers at GNS Science has shed light on why it is possible for an earthquake, in rare conditions, to trigger a volcanic eruption.

GNS Science is committed to putting the safety of our staff, communities and stakeholders first - 30/03/2020

We wanted to update you on our operations in light of the recent Covid-19 announcements. 

GNS Science continues to monitor NZ’s geological hazards during COVID-19 crisis - 23/03/2020

New Zealand’s four geohazard perils – earthquake, volcano, landslide and tsunami – are still being continuously monitored despite the COVID-19 pandemic, GNS Science says.

Moving mountains on the ocean floor may hold key to East Coast earthquakes - 04/03/2020

Earthquakes and slow slip events may be influenced by mountains on the ocean floor, or “seamounts”, according to new research co-authored by GNS Science.

Fossil leaves open window into Coromandel’s ancient climate - 21/02/2020

A rich treasure trove of information about Coromandel’s prehistoric vegetation and past climate has been uncovered near Whitianga.

Copper phone network may come up trumps in fault zone study

Scientists from New Zealand and Japan are collaborating with Chorus in a pilot project to investigate the subduction zone beneath the East Coast to learn more about its behaviour and the large earthquakes it can potentially produce.

Newly-identified fault system off Gisborne sheds more light on Hikurangi subduction zone - 28/01/2020

A newly-identified complex fault system north of Gisborne may shed new light on the risks of earthquakes and tsunami in the region, according to new research led by GNS Science.

Shallow magma driving volcanic activity at Whakaari/White Island, eruption risk continues - 13/12/2019

Volcano monitoring data from Whakaari/White Island indicates a shallow body of magma is present and eruption risk continues, GNS Science experts say.

GNS Science maps show risk levels at Whakaari/White Island still high - 12/12/2019

Risk assessment maps released by GNS Science (dated 02 and 12 December 2019) show the crater floor of Whakaari/White Island is still a high-risk area, with a further eruption looking increasingly likely.

Risk of Whakaari/White Island eruption remains high - 12/12/2019

The risk of further eruptions at Whakaari/White Island is unchanged and remains high, GNS Science experts say.