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Rare Red Warning for severe gales issued for South Island, New Zealand

The New Zealand MetService has issued a rare Red Warning for severe gale northwesterly winds for the Canterbury High Country and foothills from Sunday afternoon (LT), September 12 into early Monday morning, September 13, 2021. The winds are expected to produce...

September 12, 2021

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More heavy rain expected in Auckland after severe flooding caused by 149 percent of August rainfall in just 1 day, New Zealand

Heavy rain, snow, and strong winds are again in the forecast for New Zealand, just a week after the Auckland region received 149% of the August rainfall in just one day. A front is moving east across the far northeast of the North Island tonight (Tuesday, September...

September 07, 2021

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Persistent ash emissions at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Minor-weak ash emissions are occurring at White Island volcano, New Zealand since early this morning (LT), September 2, 2021. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2. "Since 06:50 LT this morning (18:50 UTC, September 1), minor ash emission has been observed from...

September 02, 2021

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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 the Kermadec Islands region at 02:52 UTC on August 31, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 16 km (10 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 984...

August 31, 2021

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Short-lived ash emission at White Island, Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2 and the Aviation Color Code at Yellow, New Zealand

A short-lived period of minor ash emission occurred at White Island volcano, New Zealand at about 19:40 UTC on August 21, 2021, GeoNet's Duty Volcanologist Steven Sherburn reported in a bulletin released August 24. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at 2 and the...

August 24, 2021

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Grid emergency declared in New Zealand, cities plunge into darkness as polar blast brings nationwide all-time power demand record

Power supply demand in New Zealand reached a nationwide all-time high on Monday, August 9, 2021, after a rapidly deepening low-pressure system moved east across central parts of the country, bringing heavy snow, severe gale southerlies, and frigid temperatures. As a...

August 10, 2021

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Rapidly deepening low brings heavy snowfall and strong winds to New Zealand

A rapidly deepening low is moving east across central New Zealand on Sunday, August 8, 2021, into early Monday. This low is bringing heavy snow to low levels and severe gale southerlies across the central and northern districts of the country. The heaviest snow is...

August 08, 2021

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Flood flow at Buller River the largest in New Zealand since 1926

Flood flows on the Buller River in July 2021 were the largest of any river in New Zealand in almost 100 years, NIWA measurements show. Mike O'Driscoll, NIWA Environmental Monitoring Technician, used radar to measure the speed at the surface of Buller River from...

July 29, 2021

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Increased volcanic unrest at White Island, Alert Level raised to 2, New Zealand

Volcanic unrest has increased at Whakaari/White Island, with sustained greater heat flow and volcanic gas changes, prompting GeoNet to raise the Volcanic Alert Level to Level 2 and the Aviation Color Code to Yellow. There is still uncertainty about what is driving...

July 26, 2021

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Marlborough hit by its largest-ever recorded flood, New Zealand

New Zealand's Marlborough, the country's largest wine-growing region, was hit by its worst flood on record on July 17, 2021. Marlborough District Council deputy mayor Nadine Taylor said in a statement that 900 people from 500 properties across Marlborough...

July 18, 2021

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Rare Red Warning for heavy rain issued for New Zealand's West Coast

An active front over the Tasman Sea will move slowly eastwards across New Zealand on Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17, 2021. The front will bring heavy rain to the country's western areas, and northerly gales to much of central and northern New Zealand. In...

July 15, 2021

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Antarctic blast to bring sub-zero temperatures, powerful swells, frost and snow, New Zealand

The New Zealand MetService is forecasting a blast of Antarctic air rolling over the country in the next few days, bringing sub-zero temperatures, powerful swells, strong winds, frost, and snow. Not even the 'winterless north' will escape the wrath of the...

June 28, 2021

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New slow-slip event detected near Gisborne, New Zealand

A slow-slip event started around June 14, 2021, near Gisborne, New Zealand and models suggest several cm of movement has occurred at the plate boundary so far. This is the second slow-slip event off the coast of North Island since the May 2021 event near Porangahau....

June 24, 2021

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Analysis of 2019 unrest at Taupō supervolcano shows it was volcanic in nature and origin, calls for careful monitoring

A research article published by AGU on June 7, 2021, shows that unrest registered under New Zealand's Taupo supervolcano in 2019 was volcanic in nature and origin, demonstrating that it's still an active and potentially hazardous volcano that needs to be...

June 23, 2021

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Deadly tornado leaves path of destruction in Auckland, New Zealand

A devastating tornado struck South Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, killing one person and leaving a trail of destruction. Around 62 houses have been deemed uninhabitable and 32 people were evacuated from their homes. Clean-up continued in the area...

June 21, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit the Kermadec Islands region at 17:05 UTC on June 20, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located 937 km (582...

June 20, 2021

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NIWA releases figures for historical 'one-in-200-year' event in Canterbury, New Zealand

Preliminary analysis by NIWA scientists has shown that the severe weather event in Canterbury, New Zealand, from May 29 to 31, 2021 was so extreme in some inland areas that it could be considered a "one-in-200-year" event. On May 29, extremely heavy...

June 14, 2021

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Historic storm brings up to 5 m (16 feet) of snow to the summit of Mt. Hutt -- Canterbury, New Zealand

A severe storm has brought rain and heavy unseasonal snow to parts of Canterbury's ski fields this week. As much as 5 m (16.4 feet) of snow fell at the summit of Mt. Hutt between Monday and Tuesday, May 31 and June 1, 2021. The same weather system brought 2 to 3...

June 03, 2021

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Slow-slip earthquake occurring off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand

A large, slow-slip earthquake is occurring off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand. The event began off the coast of Porangahau last week in the same area as the one that occurred shortly after the massive M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake of November 2016. Based on...

May 31, 2021

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Historic rainfall hits New Zealand, causing severe flooding

Hundreds of residents in north Canterbury in New Zealand have been evacuated amid severe flooding fuelled by a one-in-100-year heavy rain over the weekend. According to NIWA, the rainfall was 200 to 400 percent of normal for the month of May, causing rivers to rise...

May 31, 2021

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Extreme rainfall event - Rare Red Warning for Heavy Rain issued for Canterbury region of South Island, New Zealand

The New Zealand MetService has issued a rare Red Warning for Heavy Rain for the Canterbury region of South Island for the weekend. Meteorologists warn this could be the most significant rainfall for the region in 10 years. Heavy rain is also expected over other...

May 28, 2021

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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand at 07:37 UTC (19:37 LT) on April 5, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 33 km (20 miles). USGS is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles)....

April 05, 2021

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Strong M6.3 aftershock hits Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit the Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 09:56 UTC on April 1, 2021, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth. The epicenter was located about 960 km (597 miles) NE of...

April 01, 2021

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Powerful earthquakes, including M8.1, M7.4 and M6.1 hit the Kermadec Islands - Tsunami warnings issued

Powerful earthquakes are shaking the Kermadec Islands region of New Zealand on March 4, 2021, including M7.4 at 17:41 UTC, M8.1 at 19:28 (08:28 NZDT, March 5), and M6.1 at 20:25 UTC at depths between 10 and 55 km (6.2 and 34.2 miles). The epicenters are located...

March 04, 2021

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Very strong M7.2 earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand

A very strong earthquake registered by GeoNet as M7.2 hit off the east coast of the North Island, New Zealand at 13:27 UTC on March 4, 2021 (02:27 LT, March 5). The agency is reporting a depth of 94 km (58 miles). USGS is reporting it as M6.9 at a depth of 10 km,...

March 04, 2021

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Series of short-lived steam explosions at White Island following increase in volcanic tremor levels, New Zealand

A series of short-lived, low-energy steam explosions occurred on February 18, 2021, at New Zealand's White Island volcano, starting at around 13:20 UTC (02:20 LT, February 18). The explosions took place after a small increase in volcanic tremor levels and lasted...

February 19, 2021

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Declining vent temperatures at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Remote monitoring of the vent area at White Island volcano, New Zealand over the past 12 months revealed that the temperatures of gas emissions have declined from over 700 °C (1 290 °F) to 300 °C (570 °F). Current activity is characterized by steam...

February 04, 2021

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Over 68 earthquakes recorded near Rotorua, New Zealand

More than 68 shakes have been recorded near Rotorua, New Zealand, since 18:47 UTC on January 24, 2021 (07:47 LT on January 25), with magnitudes up to 4.9 and depth of 5 km (3 miles), according to GeoNet. More than 5 200 people reported feeling the tremors on the...

January 25, 2021

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Rock avalanche with unusual runout pattern at Mount Darwin, New Zealand

A rock avalanche with an impressive runout pattern has been spotted at Mount Darwin in New Zealand on January 16, 2021. Experts and scientists particularly note that the avalanche is an interesting case as the runout is unusual. The rock avalanche was first spotted...

January 22, 2021

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Massive landslide at Mount Silberhorn, New Zealand

Pilots from Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters have spotted a large landslide at Mount Silberhorn, the fifth highest peak in New Zealand, on December 31, 2020. A spokeswoman from the agency described the slide as 'insane,' and although such an occurrence...

January 04, 2021

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Small steam explosions at White Island volcano, New Zealand

A series of short-lived, low energy steam explosions occurred at White Island volcano, New Zealand on December 29, 2020. This small event consisted of at least 20 individual pulses and may have produced traces of ash locally in the steam plume for a few minutes....

December 30, 2020

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Heightened volcanic unrest at Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

The temperature of the Crater Lake (Te Wai ā-moe) at Ruapehu volcano has decreased from 43 to 41 °C (109 - 106 °F) during the past week. The level of volcanic tremor continues to be moderate to strong and a small number of shallow volcanic earthquakes have...

December 28, 2020

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Increased volcanic unrest at Mount Ruapehu, Alert Level and Aviation Color Code raised, New Zealand

The Volcanic Alert Level for Mount Ruapehu has been raised to 2 and the Aviation Color Code to Yellow on December 21, 2020, following an increase in Crater Lake temperature and the largest measured gas output in the past two decades. The Volcanic Alert Level...

December 21, 2020

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Rare earthquakes detected near Mount Taranaki, New Zealand

Two small earthquakes were registered near New Zealand's Mount Taranaki this week-- weak and shallow M3.2 on December 8, 2020, and M1.6 on December 11. According to GeoNet, earthquakes near the volcano are considered rare. The last eruption of this volcano took...

December 11, 2020

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M6.0 earthquake registered south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 20:42 UTC on December 6, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 82.7 km (51 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 80 km (49 miles). The epicenter was...

December 10, 2020

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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