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Earthquakes in New Zealand

Current earthquake research at Otago

To find out about the latest activities of the Earthquake Science Chair and working group, go to the following:

December 2016 update

Recent earthquake science-related activities have involved: (1) field-based mapping of fault ruptures associated with the November magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake (early and late December); (2) running of a hazards theme, Kaikoura earthquake special session, and post conference fieldtrip at the annual Geoscience Society of New Zealand conference in Wanaka, and; (3) giving a presentation to the University Council titled "The seismic hazardscape of New Zealand". The Council are presently looking at the options they have for future investment in their satellite campuses, and wanted to have the perspective of earthquake hazards and associated risks in the mix of their deliberations. The powerpoint presentation is accessible from the following link.

Earthquakes and New Zealand tectonics

If you want to know more about how earthquakes work and what causes earthquakes within the New Zealand setting please follow the links below:

Earthquake scenarios for the lower South Island