Bill Fry is a research seismologist with GNS Science, a NZ Crown Research Institute tasked with public good Earth science, including monitoring and researching geohazards.
2019 Geoscience Society Hochstetter Tour
Earthquakes, geometry, the mantle wedge and tsunami
Any country that borders the ocean is prone to tsunami and New Zealand is no exception.
During great subduction earthquakes (magnitude > 8) to the north of New Zealand the densely populated coastal areas on the north coast may not experience shaking that is significant enough to trigger effective and widespread self-evacuation.
A tsunami-generating earthquake in this region could potentially leave tens of thousands of people exposed; a risk which must be addressed by supplementing natural warning with a cautious interpretation of available instrumental data.
For optimal reduction of loss of life during large regional earthquakes, self-evacuation messaging must be carefully explained and supplemented with scientific monitoring and alerting mechanisms to protect vulnerable populations.
|Date||Thursday, 17 October 2019|
|Time||5:30pm - 6:30pm|
|Location||Moot Court, 10th floor Richardson Building|