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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

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Strong storm to bring snow and hurricane-force winds to New Zealand

Despite the upcoming summer season, a huge storm is expected to hit New Zealand this week, bringing strong winds, snow, and waves over 9 m (30 feet). Severe weather is set to begin in the South Island on Tuesday afternoon, October 22, with a front dropping the...

October 21, 2019

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Massive landslide prompts long-term closure of State Highway 4, New Zealand

A landslide has been developing for some time on State Highway 4, between Whanganui and Raetihi in the district of Ruapehu in New Zealand. Reports on October 9, 2019, said the recurring landslide has destroyed roads, resulting in considerable local disruption. The...

October 10, 2019

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Steam-driven activity at White Island increasing as rising crater lake drowns active vents, New Zealand

Small, muddy, geyser-like explosions are taking place in the active crater at Whakaari/White Island volcano over the past three weeks, GNS Science reported on September 26, 2019. The explosions are occurring due to a rising crater lake drowning the active vents. GNS...

September 26, 2019

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Heavy rain leads to major flooding, slips, and road closures in Coromandel, New Zealand

Torrential rains caused serious flooding and slips in Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand forcing various roads to close on September 10, 2019. Although forecasts stated that 110 mm (4 inches) of rain is expected, over 260 mm (10 inches) of rainfall hit The...

September 10, 2019

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Pesticides banned in Europe found in New Zealand streams, study shows

Banned pesticides in several European countries were found in New Zealand waterways and agricultural streams, according to a study by a team from the University of Otago. The study was led by Associate Professor Christoph Matthaei from the University of Otago's...

September 08, 2019

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Severe storm, damaging waterspout hits Auckland waterfront, New Zealand

A tornado type waterspout hit Auckland's waterfront on August 12, 2019, causing severe damage. The tornado caused many yachts at Westhaven Marina to lose their moorings, vehicles got swept into the ocean, one catamaran was overturned and a yacht was struck by...

August 15, 2019

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Earthquakes in the Kermadecs - another M6.3 hits the area, what you need to know, New Zealand

Another strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Kermadec Islands region at 11:04 UTC on June 27, 2019. The quake follows M7.2 on June 15, M6.3 on June 16, M6.0 on June 17, M6.4 on June 19, M6.2 on June 21 and dozens of moderately strong...

June 27, 2019

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Mud flying everywhere - Geothermal mudpool opens in Rotorua backyard, New Zealand

A geothermal mudpool opened up behind a privately owned house in Rotorua, New Zealand at around 02:00 local time on June 25, 2019. The last geothermal activity in this area, with steam bursting from the bank, was reported in 2017. "There was mud flying...

June 26, 2019

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SO2 at historically high levels, White Island alert levels raised, New Zealand

A moderate volcanic unrest is taking place at New Zealand's White Island volcano (Whakaari), forcing authorities to raise the Volcanic Alert Level to 2 and Aviation Color Code to Yellow on June 26, 2019. "Our heightened monitoring of Whakaari as part of the...

June 26, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 08:37 UTC on June 21, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was...

June 21, 2019

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Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 08:01 UTC on June 19, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles). This is the 31st...

June 19, 2019

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Powerful M7.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands Region, New Zealand

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.2 (downgraded from M7.4) hit Kermadec Islands Region at 22:54 UTC on June 15, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The...

June 15, 2019

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Slow-slip event off the coast of Gisborne: plate movement equivalent to a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, New Zealand

GNS scientists are monitoring a slow-slip event near Gisborne, off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand. This is an update on this event since it started registering in late March 2019. Slow-slip events are also known as "silent" earthquake. These...

April 29, 2019

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Increased seismicity and temperature at Te Wai ā-moe, Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

GNS Science volcanologists are reporting another phase of high lake temperatures at Te Wai ā-moe (Crater Lake), Mount Ruapehu along with moderate levels of volcanic tremor. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1. GeoNet is continuously recording the temperature of...

April 10, 2019

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Slow-slip event detected off the coast of Gisborne, New Zealand

GNS scientists are monitoring a slow-slip event that started at the end of March 2019 near Gisborne, off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand. Slow-slip events are linked to an increase in localized earthquake activity. A similar sequence of earthquakes was...

April 08, 2019

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New rainfall record set in New Zealand with 1 086 mm (42.7 inches) in 48 hours

The atmospheric river event affecting New Zealand over the past 3 days has set the country's new 48-hour rainfall record. The storm caused major infrastructural damage, including destroyed Waiho Bridge in South Island's Westland District. At least one person...

March 27, 2019

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Waiho Bridge destroyed as extremely heavy rain hits New Zealand's South Island

Heavy rain over the past 2 days caused near-record river levels across the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. In less than 48 hours, parts of the region recorded 548 mm (21.6 inches) of rain, nearly 10% of its yearly average. More than 300 mm (11.8...

March 26, 2019

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Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit ESE of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 15:46 UTC on March 6, 2019. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The...

March 06, 2019

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Mud volcano erupts at New Zealand's Waimata Valley, North Island

A mud volcano started erupting at New Zealand's Waimata Valley, North Island, on December 15, 2018, covering about 1.2 ha (2.9 acres) of land in white mud and saline water. The initial eruption lasted 5 hours. According to Gisborne District Council, mud...

January 08, 2019

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Rare tornado hits Canterbury as complex weather system moves over New Zealand

A severe storm accompanied by hailstones the size of marbles and at least one large tornado hit Canterbury, New Zealand on November 18, 2018. Some of the residents described the tornado as a massive ball of dust coming at the road. The country is currently under the...

November 18, 2018

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12 months' worth of rain in 2 days, strong winds and snow hit New Zealand's South Island

A severe storm brought extremely heavy rain, strong winds and high elevation snow to New Zealand's South Island and lower North Island on November 7 and 8, 2018. In just 57 hours, parts of the region received 652 mm (25.6 inches) of rain - more than it usually...

November 09, 2018

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Deep M6.2 earthquake under North Island, New Zealand

A strong earthquake registered by New Zealand's GeoNet as M6.2 hit North Island at 02:13 UTC (15:13 NZST) on October 30, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 207 km (128 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 227 km (141 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2...

October 30, 2018

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Major damage after two tornadoes rip through North Island, New Zealand

A large waterspout formed in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand on August 20, 2018, and hit the Ohope Beach just after 17:30 NZST, damaging at least six properties. Ohope is 6 km (3.7 miles) east of Whakatane, North Island. At the same time, on the other side of North...

August 20, 2018

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Rare mud eruption at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland south of Rotorua, New Zealand

A rare eruption of mud and steam took place around 12:30 local time on July 21, 2018, at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland south of Rotorua in New Zealand. While such eruptions at Wai-O-Tapu are uncommon they are not unexpected, GNS volcanologist Brad Scott said. The...

July 21, 2018

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White Island crater lake growing, hydrothermal surface activity possible, New Zealand

The Crater Lake at White Island volcano in New Zealand continues to grow, which may cause hydrothermal surface activity, GeoNet Duty Volcanologist Brad Scott said Volcanic Alert Bulletin for White Island released July 4, 2018. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 1....

July 04, 2018

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Bright fireball explodes over South Island, New Zealand

A bright fireball exploded over New Zealand's South Island at 09:15 UTC (21:15 local time) on June 18, 2018. Witnesses say the object was green or blue and brighter than the full moon. ''Anybody see the crazy lights and hear the boom at 9.15,''...

June 20, 2018

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Deep sub-tropical low hits New Zealand, wreaking havoc across North Island

A deep sub-tropical low hit New Zealand's North Island on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 with heavy rain and strong winds, causing flooding, power outages and landslides. The heaviest rain fell on the east side of the North Island. The storm dumped 130 mm (5.1 inches)...

June 12, 2018

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Temperature at Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake is rising along with an increase in volcanic tremor, New Zealand

The temperature at Te Wai ā-moe (Crater Lake) at New Zealand's Mount Ruapehu is rising along with an increase in volcanic tremor, GNS Science reported June 6, 2018. While this is consistent with minor volcanic unrest behavior, it is a useful reminder that...

June 06, 2018

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Crater lake at White Island (Whakaari) is in the process of reforming, New Zealand

The crater lake at White Island (Whakaari) in New Zealand is in the process of reforming, GeoNet's Duty Volcanologist Agnes Mazot said. Volcanic activity remains at a low level and is local to the crater lake site. The alert level remains at 1. Observations...

May 30, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits south of Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 01:45 UTC on May 18, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). The epicenter was located 544.2 km (338.1 miles) NE of Opotiki...

May 18, 2018

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Massive sinkhole opens in New Zealand after record-breaking rain

A massive sinkhole has opened up in Rotorua, New Zealand's North Island following a record-breaking rainfall on Sunday, April 30, 2018. The sinkhole is 200 m (656 feet) long, 30 m (98 feet) wide and 20 m (65 feet) deep. The hole is growing and is now threatening...

May 02, 2018

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Unprecedented 200 000 homes without power as storm hits Auckland, New Zealand

A powerful storm that hit Auckland, New Zealand on April 10, 2018 left widespread damage and an 'unprecedented' 200 000 properties without electricity. In addition, cell phone network was severely damaged, leaving many citizens without service. Another front...

April 11, 2018

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Severe thunderstorm, snow and tornadoes wreak havoc across New Zealand

A complex low crossed New Zealand on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and destructive tornadoes, tens of thousands of lightning strikes and low-elevation snow. At least 30 000 homes were left without electricity. This was the season's...

April 10, 2018

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Earthquake swarm under Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

An episode of volcanic earthquakes is occurring beneath Mount Ruapehu since March 15, 2018. This is a common observation during a heating phase of the crater lake (Te Wai ā-moe), GeoNet scientist Brad Scott reports. Crater lake's current temperature of 39...

March 21, 2018

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Cyclone "Gita" to bring damaging winds and heavy rain to central New Zealand

Cyclone Gita, currently located over the Tasman Sea, is forecast to track southeastwards and cross central New Zealand late Tuesday and early Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (local time). The passage of Gita is expected to bring a period of high-impact severe weather...

February 19, 2018

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2 dead near Auckland after flash floods hit North Island, New Zealand

A small but intense low pressure area affected New Zealand's North Island on Saturday, February 3, 2018, dropping heavy rain and causing flash floods that resulted in deaths of two people. Bodies of two people have been found in a swollen stream in Waitakere,...

February 03, 2018