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Recently, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), based in Hawai'i*, announced important changes regarding messaging about tsunami and their warning system. We sat down with our fearless and very busy Director at GeoNet, Dr. Ken Gledhill, who is also the Chair of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, to find out about these changes.  Q. What was New Zealand’s scientific community’s involvement in the changes to the system? A.…
Mount Ontake’s recent eruption in Japan illustrates that while volcanoes are an important part of New Zealand’s recreation landscape, there are risks associated with these mountains. “While we are interested in learning more about  Mount Ontake’s activity from a scientific perspective, more importantly, we send our deepest sympathy to the families, rescuers and scientists during this very difficult time. The eruption in Japan was a tragic example of what can happen on any cone (strato) volcano,…

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