Articles tagged "new zealand"

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More than 120 whales perish in mass stranding on Chatham Islands, New Zealand

A mass stranding on the Chatham Islands in New Zealand has resulted in the deaths of over 120 whales-- 26 of which had to be euthanized, according to the Department of Conservation (DoC), which said it was notified of the event on Sunday, November 22, 2020. On...

November 25, 2020

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Ash emission continues at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Observations made on November 16, 2020, confirm that White Island volcano continues to emit volcanic ash with the steam and gas plume. Although the amounts of CO2 and SO2 gas have decreased, the Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 since November 13. The Aviation...

November 17, 2020

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GeoNet raises Alert Level and Aviation Color Code for White Island volcano, New Zealand

Small amounts of volcanic ash are being carried in the stream and gas plume at White Island/Whakaari volcano in New Zealand and deposited on the island's webcams, GeoNet reported November 13, 2020. As a result, the Volcanic Alert Level has been raised to Level 2...

November 13, 2020

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Napier under state of emergency after heaviest rain in 57 years, New Zealand

A state of emergency was declared in Napier, New Zealand, after up to 242.4 mm (9.5 inches) of rain triggered damaging floods, landslides, and power outages that affected more than 3 300 homes on Monday, November 9, 2020. The amount of rain that fell in a 12-hour...

November 11, 2020

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Worst storm of the season hits New Zealand, bringing disruptive snow and strong winds

A rapidly intensifying severe weather system brought thick snow and wind gusts of over 100 km/h (62 mph) to parts of New Zealand on Sunday, September 27, 2020, resulting in closed roads and dozens of flight cancelations. Met Service described the storm as "the...

September 28, 2020

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New Australasian model can forecast tropical cyclones four months ahead

Tropical cyclones in the Pacific can now be forecast up to four months ahead of the season with a new model developed by scientists from New Zealand and Australia. According to Dr. Andrew Magee from the center for water, climate, and land at the University of...

July 26, 2020

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Study reveals hundreds of ancient volcanic eruptions in New Zealand

Scientists revealed evidence of hundreds of ancient eruptions in New Zealand after reconstructing 350 000 years of volcanism across the North Island. These explosions would cause widespread havoc if they occurred in the present time. The researchers focused on...

July 19, 2020

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'Once-in-500-years' storm hits Northland, cutting off Far North from the rest of the country, New Zealand

Unusual interaction between two low-pressure zones caused intense storms over New Zealand's Northland on July 17, 2020. The worst affected was Whangarei, where emergency services responded to more than 220 calls. "This is just diabolical for our people....

July 18, 2020

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Large rock slope failure develops in Central Otago, New Zealand

A major landslip is on the move in Central Otago, New Zealand, prompting authorities to shut the southbound lane on the Cromwell-Clyde Road on SH8 on July 14, 2020. Helicopters with monsoon buckets were delivered from Queenstown to dump water on the slip in an...

July 15, 2020

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Tornadoes hit Auckland and Papamoa, leaving major structural damage, New Zealand

Two tornadoes ripped through the cities of Auckland and Papamoa in New Zealand's North Island on Saturday, June 27, 2020, causing major structural damage. The storms tore roofs off homes, knocked trees and power lines, and blew away debris. The first tornado...

June 29, 2020

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Emergency powers invoked amid worsening drought in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland's Watercare Services is drawing about 15 million liters (4 million gallons) of water a day more from the Waikato River since June 16, invoking emergency powers in response to its worst drought in 25 years. New Zealand utility company Watercare is...

June 18, 2020

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Water restrictions announced in Auckland amid worsening drought in North Island, New Zealand

The severe drought in North Island, New Zealand-- the worst in 50 years in some areas-- has prompted the Auckland Council's Emergency Committee to introduce mandatory water restrictions, which will be effective across the region beginning May 16, 2020. This...

May 07, 2020

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M5.6 earthquake hits near Te Anau, seismologists say no relevance to Alpine Fault, New Zealand

A moderately strong earthquake registered by the GeoNet as M5.6 at a depth of 67 km (42 miles) hit near Te Anau in South Island, New Zealand, at 22:52 UTC on April 26, 2020 (10:52 LT on April 27). The USGS is reporting it as M4.9 at a depth of 79 km (49 miles). The...

April 27, 2020

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Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake temperature heats up to 40 °C (104 °F), Alert Level remains at 1, New Zealand

Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake (Te Wai a-Moe) heated from 24 °C (75.2 °F) to 40 °C (104 °F) in response to earthquakes beneath the volcano, according to the GeoNet bulletin issued on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at...

March 18, 2020

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Parts of North Island experience worst drought on record, New Zealand

The New Zealand army has been deployed to drought-stricken Northland to assist in relief efforts amid worsening drought conditions. Authorities described the situation as the worst drought on record. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)...

March 04, 2020

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Volcanic activity increased at Ruapehu but still within normal bounds, New Zealand

Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) has responded to a short-lived episode of volcanic earthquakes beneath Mount Ruapehu, detected on February 22 and 23, 2020. Seismicity declined after initial uptick but is now back at similar levels. To further understand the current...

March 03, 2020

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Short-lived earthquake swarm beneath Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

A short-lived episode of volcanic earthquakes occurred beneath Mt. Ruapehu on February 22 and 23, 2020. The sequence now appears to be over​. The Volcanic Alert Level, therefore, remains at Level 1. The last known eruption of this volcano took place in 2007 (VEI...

February 24, 2020

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Tropical Cyclone "Uesi" hits New Caledonia, on track to bring strong winds and heavy rain to Lord Howe Island and Australian east coast

Tropical Cyclone "Uesi" has dumped heavy rains to northern New Caledonia as the storm passed west of the islands on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The storm is on course to bring severe storms to Australia's east coast in the following days, while New...

February 12, 2020

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South Island under state of emergency as floods displace thousands, New Zealand

Thousands of residents in South Island, New Zealand, were forced to evacuate their homes on Wednesday morning, February 5, 2020, after severe flooding hit the region, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency. The severe weather also left hundreds of...

February 05, 2020

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White Island volcano remains in an elevated state of unrest, New Zealand

White Island volcano (Whakaari) remains in an elevated state of unrest, but no further extrusion of lava has occurred. GNS' assessment is that further explosive eruptions remain very unlikely on any given day. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 and the...

February 04, 2020

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New fault system off Gisborne sheds light on East Coast tsunami and earthquake risks, New Zealand

A newly-found complex fault system north of Gisborne, New Zealand, may shed new light on the threats of earthquakes and tsunami in the region, according to a study led by GNS Science. Dr. Nicola Litchfield, the lead author, suggests that distinctive marine terraces...

January 30, 2020

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Lava now visible at White Island, elevated state of unrest continues, New Zealand

New Zealand's White Island volcano remains in an elevated state of unrest and lava is now visible in the vents created by December 9, 2019 eruption, GeoNet reports on January 22. Further explosive eruptions are very unlikely on any given day in the next four...

January 22, 2020

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White Island eruption death toll rises to 20, volcano remains at Level 2 alert amid heightened unrest, New Zealand

An Australian man who was injured during White Island volcanic eruption on December 9, 2019, has died, becoming the 20th fatality of the disaster, officials confirmed on Monday, January 13, 2020. According to GeoNet's bulletin on January 15, the volcano remains...

January 15, 2020

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Strong winds and summer snowfall in New Zealand's Southland

Snow was reported on the hills of Southland, New Zealand on Monday morning, January 6, 2020, as a cold snap continued affecting the province in what is now its summer season. MetService issued a warning for strong southwest gales up to 120 km/h (75 mph) for coastal...

January 07, 2020

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Very hot gas and steam emissions continue at White Island volcano, death toll increases to 19, New Zealand

Very hot gas and steam continue to be discharged from active vents at the back of the White Island crater basin. Volcanic tremor and other seismic activity continue at a low level. The expert judgment today is that there is a 2-10% chance (very unlikely) of an...

December 23, 2019

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18 fatalities formally identified following White Island volcano eruption, New Zealand

The New Zealand police have completed the identification of the 18 victims who died in the White Island volcano eruption on December 9, 2019. The names and nationalities of the 17 have been released, but one person who died in an Australian hospital was not publicly...

December 17, 2019

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NZ Defence Forces recover 6 bodies from White Island volcano, raising death toll to 14

NZ Defence Force assets with specialized equipment went to White Island volcano late December 12 (UTC) and recovered the bodies of 6 of the 8 people killed on the island during a short-lived eruption on Monday, December 9, 2019. 47 people were on the island at the...

December 13, 2019

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White Island: Significantly increased volcanic tremor, new eruptions likely, New Zealand

The volcanic tremor has significantly increased at Whakaari/White Island on the morning of December 11, 2019 (LT), indicating that volcanic gas pressures remain high. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3 and the Aviation Color Code Orange. The death toll has...

December 11, 2019

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47 people at White Island at the time of eruption, periodic steam and gas driven jetting continues

Inquiries with tour operators indicate that 47 people were on the island at the time of the eruption. 31 patients are currently being treated at 7 hospitals and three have been treated and discharged. Some of the patients are reportedly in critical condition. 5...

December 10, 2019

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Wild weather strands 1 000 tourists, spawns over 857 000 lightning strikes over New Zealand

More than 857 000 lightning strikes have been recorded over New Zealand in 72 hours starting midnight local time Friday, December 6, 2019. Severe storms, landslides, slips, and flooding in the South Island cut off towns and trapped roughly 1 000 foreign tourists....

December 09, 2019

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White Island volcano eruption - Death toll rises to 17, 2 people remain missing, New Zealand

An impulsive, short-lived eruption occurred at New Zealand's White Island volcano at 01:11 UTC (14:11 LT) on December 9, 2019. The Volcanic Alert Level was raised to 3 and Aviation Color Code to Orange. The eruption affected the crater floor where up to 50...

December 09, 2019

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100 000 lightning strikes in 24 hours over South Island, New Zealand

MetService recorded nearly 100 000 lightning strikes in 24 hours over South Island, New Zealand, leading up to Saturday morning, December 7, 2019. Some of the strikes were associated with severe storms over Westland, the agency said. The West Coast has also been...

December 07, 2019

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Severe storm hits New Zealand, marking the start of summer in the country

A severe storm hit parts of New Zealand on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. The lower North Island and portions of the South Island were among the most affected areas. Otago residents said they witnessed a tornado, rising up to around...

December 03, 2019

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Explosive gas and steam-driven mud jetting continues at White Island's crater lake, New Zealand

Moderate volcanic unrest continues at New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island, with substantial gas, steam and mud bursts observed at the vent located at the back of the crater lake. Other monitoring parameters remain elevated and the Volcanic Alert Level stays at...

December 03, 2019

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Moderate volcanic unrest at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Moderate volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island, but no new changes are observed in the monitored parameters. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 2 since November 18, 2019. The patterns of signals are similar to those through the 2011 - 2016...

November 25, 2019

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Farmers fear 80 percent crop loss after severe hailstorm in Canterbury, New Zealand

Two severe weather events battered New Zealand's Canterbury region over the past 3 days - a severe hailstorm in Timaru on November 20, 2019, and a destructive tornado that ripped through Christchurch on November 18. After the catastrophic events, farmers found...

November 21, 2019

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Severe hailstorm hammers Canterbury, New Zealand

Over 1 500 lightning strikes pummeled the South Island during a six-hour storm that hammered Canterbury, with destructive hailstones around 4.3 cm (1.7 inches) in diameter hitting Timaru on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. It was the second storm to hit the region in...

November 20, 2019

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Damaging tornado rips through Christchurch, injuring two people, New Zealand

A tornado hit Christchurch in New Zealand on November 18, 2019, leaving a trail of damage from central suburbs to coastal areas, according to the nation's Fire and Emergency. The twister injured two people, scattered debris through the air, and disrupted power...

November 18, 2019

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Further increase in activity at White Island, Volcanic Alert Level raised to 2, Aviation Color Code to Yellow, New Zealand

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show further increases in activity. Hazards on the island are now greater than during the past few weeks, forcing authorities to raise the Volcanic Alert Level to 2 and Aviation Color...

November 18, 2019

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Increased activity at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Volcanic unrest continues at Whakaari/White Island and some monitored parameters show an increase in activity, with a level of uncertainty about what this means, GeoNet Duty Volcanologist Yannik Behr reported October 30, 2019. Hazards on the island remain unchanged...

October 31, 2019