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GeoffK.jpgWritten by volcanologist Geoff Kilgour:  Here at GeoNet we like to test the performance of our network under difficult circumstances. Sometimes we subject our systems to a “stress test” and a good example of this is when we monitor the performance of the website during unusually high demand, like after a large earthquake. Thankfully,…
20/04/2017 12.00 p.m. We’ve been busy crunching the numbers based on all the seismic activity in the aftershock area of November’s Kaikoura Earthquake.  The expected numbers of earthquakes have dropped since the last forecast.  There is now a 13% chance of one or more M6.0-6.9 earthquakes occurring within the next month; this has decreased from 15% from our last forecast (19 March 2017).  We like this downward movement in our forecast; it is good step in the right direction.…
14/04/2017, 12 noon.  I am sitting in my office on the last day before Easter looking out the window at the start of the rain from the second (ex) tropical cyclone within a week. Instead of using the normal physical markers as reminders of the changing of seasons, I count the days between the 14 November 2016 and now. Five months later, on the verge of winter, we are still in the thick of the science generated from the Kaikoura earthquake.  Ken-Gledhill-400_medium.…

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