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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


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


New insight into New Zealand's Alpine Fault: central South Island more vulnerable than first thought

The Alpine Fault, a major fault line which runs almost the entire length of New Zealand's South Island, has been assumed to be a near vertical crack. However, a new research from Victoria University has revealed the fault line becomes flatter at depth.“What we

September 06, 2015


Cold snap breaks temperature records across New Zealand

Record-breaking low temperatures were measured by meteorological stations across New Zealand last week, following the outburst of cold weather conditions across the country.NIWA office reported record low temperatures have been measured in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Warkworth,

July 14, 2015

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M 6.6 earthquake struck south of Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

Strong and shallow earthquake M 6.6 struck south of Kermadec Islands on February 2, 2014 at 09:26 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 19.5 km (12.1 miles), EMSC 2 km. Epicenter was located 192 km (119 miles) SSE of L'Esperance Rock and 732km (455

February 02, 2014


Very strong earthquake magnitude 6.2 struck New Zealand

A very strong earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.2 (GeoNet) struck New Zealand's North Island at 03:52 UTC on January 20, 2014 (15:52 local time). USGS measured depth of 28 km, GeoNet measured depth of 33 km. Epicenter was located

January 20, 2014


Strong M 6.3 earthquake struck Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

Strong and deep earthquake registered as M 6.3 (USGS) struck near L'Esperanze Rock at Kermadec Islands archipelago, New Zealand at 21:24 UTC on October 11, 2013. The epicenter was located 87 km (54 miles) NNE of L'Esperanze Rock at coordinates 30.752°S

October 11, 2013

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White Island volcano erupts, sends plume of steam 4 km above sea level - New Zealand

The White Island volcano off the Bay of Plenty coast, New Zealand, had small eruption this morning sending a plume of steam into the air. GeoNet confirmed the volcano erupted in a brief episode of 10 minutes. The eruption started at 22:32 UTC on August

August 20, 2013


Severe, damaging and shallow earthquake M 6.6 struck Cook Strait, New Zealand again - Hundreds of aftershocks

A swarm of strong and shallow earthquakes is shaking Cook Strait, New Zealand again. After M 6.5 that struck on July 21, 2013, and hundreds of aftershocks that followed, another severe, damaging and shallow earthquake M 6.6 hit on August 16, 2013 at 02:31

August 16, 2013


Magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand

Very deep earthquake with registered magnitude of M6.0 (USGS) / M6.1 (EMSC) struck Kermadec Islands region, New Zealand, on August 12, 2013 at 04:16 UTC. USGS measured depth at 325 km, EMSC at 342 km and GEONET at 469 km. Epicenter was located offshore, 112 km (70

August 12, 2013


Minor activity re-established at White Island volcano, New Zealand

GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott reported today that minor activity has become re-established over the last 24 hours. The Volcano Alert Level remains at Level 1 and Aviation Color Code has been raised to Yellow. Following an increase in volcanic tremor

July 26, 2013


Report confirms 2013 New Zealand drought was most extreme on record

A comparative study on the 2013 New Zealand drought states that in some regions it was the most severe drought on record. Study also states that the cause was not El Niño but in fact slow-moving or ‘blocking’ high

July 26, 2013


Swarm of strong earthquakes hits Cook Strait, New Zealand - M 6.5 strongest so far

After series of strong foreshocks, a very strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit Cook Strait, New Zealand at 05:09 UTC on Sunday, July 21, 2013. USGS reported a depth of 14 km (8.7 miles). The epicenter was located 46 km (29 miles) ESE of Blenheim and 54 km (34...

July 21, 2013


Small tremor bursts occurring like clockwork at White Island, New Zealand

Over the past few weeks White Island, New Zealand's most active volcano, has repeatedly produced very small volcanic earthquakes. These small tremor bursts are occurring like clockwork, approximately every 70 seconds, creating a unique pattern on our

July 11, 2013


Severe weather and polar blast hit New Zealand

New Zealand was hit by the large low pressure system bringing destructive storms that have swept over the country in the last 24 hours, damaging houses, roads and seawalls, as well as closing dozens of schools and leaving thousands without power. Luckily, fierce

June 21, 2013


Deep M 6.0 struck south of Kermadec Islands

Deep earthquake registered as M 6.0 (USGS) occurred south of Kermadec Islands on June 15, 2013 at 11:20:34 UTC. The epicenter was located 313km (194miles) SSW of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand at coordinates 33.895°S

June 15, 2013

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New study could rewrite history of Auckland's volcanic field

A new study released in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research suggests that Rangitoto, a monogenetic shield volcano near Auckland, New Zealand, and other volcanoes in the Auckland Field might have been more active during the last few thousand years than

April 16, 2013


White Island volcano, New Zealand - small scale explosive events, intermittent ash emissions

The usual style of activity at White Island, New Zealand changed over the past weekend: the active vent began producing ash. This activity ceased on Monday, February 25, 2013, and was replaced by steam and gas explosions from the active vent. GNS volcanologist Brad...

February 26, 2013


Strong earthquake M 6.1 struck New Zealand

Strong earthquake M 6.1 struck Kermadec Islands, New Zealand on February 18, 2013 at 12:19:19 UTC. Epicenter was located 161 km (100 miles) S (189°) from Raoul Island and 1099 km (683 miles) SSW (195°) from NUKU'ALOFA, at coordinates 30.682°S, 178.127°W.

February 18, 2013

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Strong earthquake M 6.0 struck off the east coast of the North Island, New Zealand

After 40 minutes of Philippines earthquake today strong but luckily deep earthquake with recorded magnitude 6.0 hit off the east coast of the North Island, New Zealand on February 16, 2013 at 05:16 UTC. Epicenter of the earthquake was located 219 km (136

February 16, 2013


New Zealand: Vigorous hydrothermal activity at White Island, Tongariro in heightened state of unrest

White Island - Vigorous hydrothermal activity reportedIn GeoNet's Volcanic Alert Bulletin issued on January 22, 2013 GNS Science Volcanologist Brad Scott writes his report after visiting White Island on January 21st to assess the increased level of volcanic

January 22, 2013

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Alert raised on Level 2 for New Zealand's White Island volcano

GNS Science volcanologists raised volcanic alert to Level 2 (minor eruptive activity) and the Aviation Color Code to Orange level (volcanic eruption is under way with no or minor ash emission) after discovering a spiny lava dome at White Island volcano in an existing

December 12, 2012


Strong and deep earthquake M 6.3 struck North Island of New Zealand

A strong and deep 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck North Island of New Zealand on December 7, 2012 at 18:19 UTC. Epicenter was located 18 km (11 miles) SE of Tokoroa, New Zealand, 27 km (16 miles) SW of Rotorua, New Zealand and 39 km (24 miles) N of Taupo, New

December 07, 2012

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“Plate Tectonics & associated hazards: Christchurch, New Zealand" report by Dave Petley

Plate Tectonic hazards assessment by Dave Petley, Wilson Professor of Hazard and Risk in the Department of Geography at Durham University, UK is available available online via this site, so as usual it can be downloaded from Authorstream.On his TheLandslideBlog,

November 24, 2012

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Mount Tongariro erupts again with black plume of ash

Mt. Tongariro, New Zealand, erupted today, November 21, 2012 around 1:20 pm local time and lasted for five minutes. Reports say black plume of ash was sent several kilometers up in the sky. Hikers, including schoolchildren were evacuated. Residents in the Waikato,

November 21, 2012

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Volcanologists warned of impending Mt. Ruapehu eruption, New Zealand

Volcanologists have warned about impending eruption from one of the most active volcanoes of New zealand, Mt. Ruapehu in central North Island. As a result, New Zealand authorities have instructed climbers to stay away from the peak of Mt. Ruapehu. As per news...

November 16, 2012

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Underwater volcano eruption spews huge mass of small volcanic rocks covering area of 25,000 km2

A huge mass of small volcanic rocks (pumice) was spotted in the South Pacific ocean (north of Auckland, New Zealand) on August 9, 2012 by a New Zealand air force plane.Royal Australian Navy officer, Lieutenant Tim Oscar onboard navy ship heading to the Kermadec

August 10, 2012

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Volcanic eruption underway on White Island, New Zealand

White Island volcano has erupted, prompting GNS Science, advising caution for visitors to take extra care.The White Island web camera has captured a small eruption on Sunday morning, August 5, 2012 at 04:55 am NZST (August 4, 2012 16:55 UTC) from the Crater Lake at

August 06, 2012

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Another New Zealand volcano showing signs of increased activity, White Island

An active volcano White Islands, New Zealand in the Bay of Plenty is showing signs of increased activity on August 2, 2012.The aviation alert level for White Island has been lifted now by GNS from green to yellow alert for pilots flying over and near the Bay of

August 02, 2012

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Heavy rain creates flash floods in New Zealand as more floods continue around the world

Torrential rain that exploded over the Western Bay of Plenty closed one of the region's major highways and left people stranded at home as floodwaters rose and rivers burst their banks. A heavy rain warning is in place and flooding is expected to affect a number of

July 24, 2012

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Mt. Tongariro shows more volcano activity with volcanic gas

Seismicity at Mt. Tongariro, New Zealand looks to have decreased a lot yesterday and today. GNS science reported however today that : “Provisional analysis of the gas samples collected at the weekend indicates the presence of volcanic gas. Our historic sampling has

July 23, 2012