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Scientists size up large sediment lump under East Coast 22/10/2019

Analysis of seismic waves from the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake has enabled scientists to identify a body of softer rock and sediment roughly 37 times the volume of Mount Everest under the seafloor on the East Coast.

Community invited to tsunami evacuation modelling talk - 08/10/2019

Members of the Lower Hutt community are invited to a free public talk on Tuesday 15 October to see the latest computer tsunami evacuation models for Lower Hutt.

Scientists explain unusual behaviour of Papatea Fault - 03/10/2019

One of the 24-plus faults that ruptured in the 2016 magnitude 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake has turned out to be even more unusual than scientists first thought and it may prompt a rethink about how seismic hazard is calculated.

New research on past sea levels reveals potential for widespread melting of Antarctica - 03/10/2019

Antarctic ice sheets are capable of widespread melting, raising sea-levels up to 20 metres under current atmospheric carbondioxide levels, according to a new Victoria University of Wellington-led study published in Nature.

Two major GNS Science research projects help secure New Zealand’s energy future

New Zealand’s goal to be carbon-zero by 2050 is a step closer today, thanks to two major projects launched and led by GNS Science.

New research finds missing link between active volcanoes onshore and offshore New Zealand

Rifting and volcanic activity in the Taupō Volcanic Zone (TVZ) is strongly related to the evolution of two ridges north-east of New Zealand which continue to move apart, according to new research led by GNS Science experts.

New Zealand to have world-leading natural hazard risk modelling tool - 1/08/2019

EQC, GNS Science and NIWA have joined forces to further develop world-leading natural hazards risk modelling for New Zealand.

Unlocking the secrets of the Hikurangi subduction zone - 29/07/2019

Four of the country’s leading scientists will share the latest research into New Zealand’s largest and most active fault in public talks in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay in August.

Science and Research Wed Geotourism in Waitaki - 26/07/2019

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark (WWG) and GNS Science, New Zealand’s national geological sciences institute, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to support the geopark’s nomination to UNESCO for Global Geopark status. 

Scratch marks in rocks could indicate direction of fault ruptures - 11/07/2019

Scratch lines left in rock faces along geological faults during an earthquake may help pinpoint where earthquake energy will be focused in future quakes on the same fault.