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Inangahua quake left $39 million insurance bill - 24/05/1998

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.

Geologists excited about East Coast oil and gas prospects - 15/05/1998

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.

NZ ideal location to resolve dinosaur debate - 03/05/1998

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.

Earthquake data avaliable on CD-ROM - 09/04/1998

Ground-movement data from New Zealand earthquakes dating back 30 years is now available on CD-ROM.

The biggest earthquake this year - No tsunami risk - 27/03/1998

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.

Landslide site one of the best monitored in the world - 20/03/1998

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.

Natural gas field worth second look - geologist - 18/03/1998

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.

Scientists cast doubts on fish ages - 11/03/1998

A group of international scientists visiting New Zealand this week have cast doubt on accepted views about the lifespan of some commercial fish species.

GPS to keep track of Mt Ruapehu's movements - 13/02/1998

New satellite receivers on the side of Mt Ruapehu can measure changes in the shape of the mountain as small as a centimetre and may eventually help in forecasting eruptions, French and New Zealand scientists say.

Getting the measure of the volcano - 23/12/2009

When it comes to tough environments, Mt Ruapehu's Crater Lake is harsher than most. Temperatures get down to minus 10 degrees Celsius in winter and the water in the Crater Lake is about pH1, or similar to battery acid.