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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

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Cooler temperatures follow severe weather after hottest month in 150 years, New Zealand

According to data provided by New Zealand's NIWA, January was the hottest month the country has seen in 150 years. In addition, with 3.1 °C (5.58 °F) above average, New Zealand just had its largest temperature anomaly on record. The country is now...

February 02, 2018

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Ex-tropical cyclone Fehi hits New Zealand, combines with kind tides

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Fehi" slammed into New Zealand's South Island on Thursday, February 1, 2018, and combined with king tides to trigger heavy flooding in some regions. Numerous trees and power lines were downed as winds up to 140 km/h (87...

February 01, 2018

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Major storm about to slam into South Island, New Zealand

What's left of former Tropical Cyclone "Fehi" is now approaching New Zealand as a major storm and is expected to hit South Island and lower parts of North Island with significant heavy rain and strong winds as it crosses the region over the next 36...

January 31, 2018

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Rapidly deepening low hits New Zealand with heavy rain, powerful winds and destructive storm surge

A powerful storm is affecting much of New Zealand since January 3, 2018 with very heavy rain and powerful winds. At least one person has been killed, authorities confirmed, numerous roads were closed, air traffic halted and more than 20 000 homes lost power. The...

January 05, 2018

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Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 02:09 UTC on December 8, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 0 km. EMSC is reporting...

December 08, 2017

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Severe storm sweeps through New Zealand, causing major power outages

A severe storm swept through New Zealand late Tuesday into Wednesday, November 8, 2017, leaving much of the South Island without power. Wind gusts reached 154 km/h (95 mph), maximum hourly rainfall 33 mm (1.29 inches) and snow was reported even at low elevations....

November 08, 2017

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Unseasonal cold blast hits New Zealand ahead of summer, significant storm expected

An unexpected cold blast and snowstorm hit the lower South Island, New Zealand on Sunday, November 5, 2017, just three weeks out from summer. Thick snow started falling at around 09:30 local time, blanketing the Crown Range between Queenstown and Wanaka. An even...

November 06, 2017

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Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Auckland Islands, M5.1 Cook Strait, New Zealand

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Auckland Islands, New Zealand at 01:43 UTC (13:43 local time) on September 20, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Potsdam (GEOFON) is reporting the same magnitude and depth....

September 20, 2017

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Winter storm delivers wettest day on record, New Zealand

The latest atmospheric river over New Zealand delivered one town’s wettest day on record, and broke several other long-held rainfall statistics, according to NIWA data. Lower pressure than normal has fuelled several high impact weather events during July....

July 25, 2017

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Deep M6.0 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand at 07:03 UTC on June 29, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 392.3 km (244 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M5.8 (preliminary) at a depth of 448 km...

June 29, 2017

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Huge waves hitting New Zealand's eastern coastline

A strong, cold southwesterly flow started affecting New Zealand's South Island on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, lowering temperatures, bringing gale-force winds, huge waves, and snow to some areas. The front is still affecting the country, moving north and bringing a...

June 14, 2017

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New Zealand's biggest tsunami reached 32 m (105 ft) a.s.l. and 1 km (0.62 mi) inland

New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has released a new database and interactive map that enables users to search through scientific records of paleotsunamis that affected New Zealand shores. Records date back to pre-historic...

May 31, 2017

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Bright green fireball streaks across the New Zealand night sky

A bright green fireball streaked across the night sky over North Island, New Zealand on May 18, 2017. The event took place around 07:15 UTC (19:15 NZST) and lasted up to 7 seconds. According to witness reports, the event lasted a few seconds before it disintegrated...

May 19, 2017

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Severe weather warnings issued as Ex-cyclone Donna approaches New Zealand

A slow-moving front, combined with Ex-tropical cyclone Donna, is expected to dump very heavy rain over North Island, New Zealand over the next two days, causing rivers and streams to rapidly rise. Parts of North Island may receive up to 250 mm (9.8 inches) of rain,...

May 11, 2017

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Ex-cyclone "Cook" slams into New Zealand, thousands without power

Ex-tropical Cyclone "Cook" hit North Island, New Zealand around 07:00 UTC (19:00 NZST) on Thursday, April 13, 2017, bringing strong winds and dumping heavy rain on already saturated soil. The cyclone downed trees and power lines, caused severe traffic...

April 13, 2017

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Extremely dangerous Ex-cyclone "Cook" to hit New Zealand

After hitting New Caledonia with strong winds and heavy rain, Tropical Cyclone "Cook" has undergone extratropical transition but what's left of it is still very potent and is now moving toward New Zealand landfall. Over the past several weeks the...

April 12, 2017

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Ex-cyclone Debbie wreaks havoc across North Island, New Zealand

Remnants of Tropical Cyclone "Debbie" have reached New Zealand and are now dumping flooding rain across the North Island. Parts of the region have declared states of emergency and are expecting record flooding Wednesday. The storm will continue affecting...

April 04, 2017

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NIWA adds more faults to the latest Kaikoura fault rupture map

Scientists on board NIWA’s research vessel Ikatere took to the water in January with state-of-the-art equipment to map the sea floor between Cape Campbell and Spyglass Point to the south of Kaikoura and added more fault ruptures to the fault map of...

March 15, 2017

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Landslide wrecks Waikato hill, New Zealand

Extremely heavy rains that struck North Island, New Zealand over the past week have caused a huge landslide in Waikato District. According to media reports, the entire hillside in Waikato moved on Sunday, March 12, 2017, after the region saw between 180 and 220 mm...

March 14, 2017

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Massive sinkhole opens up in Auckland, New Zealand

A very large sinkhole has opened up in Auckland's New Lynn after a week of extremely heavy rainfall dumped by a powerful storm centered over the Tasman Sea. The structure of this storm was similar to a tropical cyclone, NIWA said and shared some of the most...

March 13, 2017

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Tasman Tempest floods Auckland with 65 mm (2.5 in) in one hour

A severe storm dubbed by NIWA meteorologists as Tasman Tempest has dumped extremely heavy rain and wreaked havoc in parts of northern New Zealand over the past couple of days. Some regions already saw 100-year storms and their worst flooding in a generation. A huge...

March 12, 2017

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Tasman Tempest brings extremely heavy rain to New Zealand

Parts of Northern New Zealand are being hit by extremely heavy rain as low over the Tasman Sea extends slow-moving fronts over the region. Rain is expected to continue through Sunday, March 12, 2017, but it will not be a steady rain, all week long. Some regions saw...

March 08, 2017

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Earthquake swarm shaking Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

GeoNet's seismometer network between Taupo and the Tongariro National Park has been recording a swarm of small earthquakes since February 13, 2017. The swarm, a very common characteristic of the greater Rotorua-Taupo area, known as the Taupo Volcanic Zone,...

February 22, 2017

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Climate anomaly responsible for glacial growth in New Zealand

A new research carried out by scientists from the Victoria University of Wellington and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) shows that regional climate variability caused an “unusual” period in which some of New...

February 16, 2017

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Wildfires threaten New Zealand’s Christchurch

A state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand's Christchurch as wildfires threatened its suburbs on February 15, 2017, forcing up to 1 000 people to evacuate. As of early UTC morning, at least one person has been killed and 5 homes destroyed....

February 15, 2017

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Fourth eruption at Lake Rotorua, New Zealand

Another hydrothermal eruption, the fourth since November 2016, took place at New Zealand's Lake Rotorua between 04:00 and 04:30 local time on February 12, 2017. The eruption lasted between 5 and 10 seconds. Residents who witnessed the eruption said this one was...

February 13, 2017

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Second-largest whale stranding event in New Zealand

416 pilot whales were found stranded at Farewell Spit in New Zealand's Golden Bay late Thursday, February 9, 2017. On Saturday, February 11, a new pod of 240 whales stranded on the beach, bringing the total number to 656 and making this the second-largest...

February 10, 2017

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Huge magma build-up discovered beneath the town of Matata, New Zealand

A huge magma chamber may slowly be growing beneath Matata town, southeast of Auckland in New Zealand, according to a new study performed by GNS Science. The discovery of a growing volcano may help to explain a recently observed swarm of earthquakes. Good news is,...

June 06, 2016