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The HMNZS Canterbury has departed for the Kermadec Islands (1000 km NE of Auckland) transporting 60 personal and about 15 tonnes of equipment and building materials to Raoul and Curtis Islands. Included in this large group are two GeoNet teams and a GNS Science team. GeoNet in collaboration with DOC and LINZ operate a variety of equipment on Raoul Island. We have a regional seismic station (RIZ), the regional GPS station RAUL, VSAT communications and tide gauges at two sites,…
21/02/2017 We get asked two questions a lot: what is an earthquake forecast and why do I need to know about it? Answering that second part quickly: some people need to know this for their work, some people are interested as to what we think could happen next, while others just want to move on and not hear about earthquakes anymore. But, for those of you who want more detail, we thought we’d take a moment and answer some questions about the forecasts.…
20/03/2017 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. So what’s the big news? The expected numbers of earthquakes have dropped since the last forecast.  There is now a 15% chance of one or more M6.0-6.9 earthquakes occurring within the next month; this has decreased from 18% from our last forecast (19 February 2017).…

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