Tagged: Fault

Satellite measurements of slow ground movements may provide a better tool for earthquake forecasting - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 02, 2018

Simon Lamb, Victoria University of Wellington It was a few minutes past midnight on 14 November 2016, and I was drifting into sleep in Wellington, New Zealand, when a sudden jolt began rocking the bed violently back and forth. I knew immediately this was a big one. In fact, I had just experienced the magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura … Read More

The Alpine Fault: Is New Zealand Prepared? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Nov 20, 2013

The central section of the Alpine Fault (Source: wiki.gns.cri.nz) This post is the first of two articles which explore the potential impacts of the next great earthquake on the Alpine Fault and consider how prepared New Zealand is for that event.  This builds on a previous post which describes the physical properties of the Alpine Fault in more detail. Improved Understanding of Earthquake Hazards in New Zealand … Read More

Could Wellington be Next? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jul 22, 2013

Recent Seismic Activity Beneath Cook Strait Over the past three days, earthquakes have been rattling central New Zealand, with the epicentres of many of the tremors between Seddon and Wellington. According to GNS, the largest earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5, and was located beneath Cook Strait at a … Read More

Alpine Fault 101: Getting acquainted with New Zealand’s greatest natural hazard - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra May 28, 2013

Modeled Earthquake Shaking Intensities for New Zealand. Zone of maximum shaking along Alpine Fault indicated by red band.Source: http://blog.teara.govt.nz The Alpine Fault will rupture in the near future (quite possibly in your lifetime), without any prior warning. When it does, the scale of the immediate disaster will be unprecedented in New Zealand, and secondary effects will probably continue … Read More

E for Effort: The EQC Report Card (Part 2) - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Aug 30, 2011

eqc.govt.nz How Has the EQC Performed Following the Canterbury Earthquakes? How would the EQC cope, when faced with the monumental task of managing nearly 400,000 claims from two major events in close succession? That was always going to be a tall order. Nearly one year on from the Greendale fault rupture, what can we say about the EQCs performance? Unsurprisingly, … Read More

Christchurch no More Risky than Wellington. But Does That Make a Good News Story? - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jun 01, 2011

Wellington Faults. Source: GNS Science CERA Meeting Scares Media Some media outlets have put a rather negative spin on GNS Science’s most recent earthquake forecast for the central Canterbury region, which was discussed at a recent meeting of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). GNS’s latest forecasting model estimates the probability of a “large” (magnitude 6.0 to 6.9) event occurring … Read More

Canterbury Earthquake Update: Aftershocks ‘exactly what we expected’ - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Jan 27, 2011

Source: The Press In a recent Press Opinion piece, earthquake and tectonic expert Dr. Kevin Furlong explained the distribution of aftershocks following the Darfield earthquake, and why we shouldn’t be surprised by what we have learned, and felt, so far. His article can be viewed by clicking the following link:  Dr Furlong, Opinion piece. Kevin Furlong is a Professor of Geosciences at Penn … Read More

Boulevard of Broken Dreams — Kaiapoi, PtII - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 12, 2010

The Story of Kaiapoi (Continued) Photo: Jesse Dykstra On one particularly hard-hit Kaiapoi street, I spoke to a resident who expressed an increasingly sense of helplessness as aftershocks continued to tear his home apart. His family feared that they would be unable to live in their home for much longer.  Others in the neighborhood spoke of frustration that they had not yet received any … Read More

Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Kaiapoi, PtI - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Oct 08, 2010

Not a Memory Yet Photo: Jesse Dykstra It has now been over 4 weeks since the Darfield earthquake rocked Canterbury, yet aftershocks continue to terrorize the region. Monday night, a magnitude 5 aftershock (the largest since Sept 8th) rattled Christchurch, and early this morning a magnitude 4.4 rumble served notice that the Greendale fault has not yet finished … Read More

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