A team of scientists is heading to New Zealand largest fault this weekend, to try and work out what kind of earthquakes we could expect in future. They'll be sailing out to the Hikurangi subduction zone off the coast of Gisborne. The work will help New Zealand prepare for what is being dubbed the next great quake: Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Scientists are trying to find out if something similar could happen here. A group of unassuming spheres could answer that very question. Revealed: New Zealand's worst-affected areas after an Alpine Fault quake Alpine Fault overdue for magnitude 8+ quake - scientists NIWA's RV Tangaroa is carrying a team of 15 New Zealand, Japanese and American scientists led by GNS Science, to drop off the spheres off. And once they're in place some are going to be on the seafloor for up to five years collecting data. They'll be recording earthquakes and the upward, downward and horizontal movement of the sea floor, along the … [Read more...] about Scientist aim to predict New Zealand’s next big earthquake
NINTENDO announced earlier today that it was postponing a broadcast announcing new games that it had planned for this evening after an earthquake hit just off the Japanese island of Hokkaido. Nine people were killed, many homes have been destroyed and more than three million people in the region are still without power. At least 32 missing, 120 injured as powerful quake hits Japan's Hokkaido As a result Nintendo has postponed today's planned Nintendo Direct event "out of respect". Many fans praised Nintendo for the delay, with comments from the community backing the firm's decision. "Don't worry about the Direct. Everyone has to be safe and good first. Praying for Japan," one user said. Others said they were glad for the sake of the community that the announcements had been delayed until a point when everyone who wanted to watch it could again. Others, however, were less charitable. HIGH STAKES Fortnite patch notes - 5.40 update introduces Getaway mode and the Grappler gun GUN FUN Is … [Read more...] about Nintendo fans outraged as EARTHQUAKE delays game announcements
Tuesday marks the eighth anniversary of the first big earthquake in Canterbury, which struck in September 2010. The magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit at 4:34 am on September 4, rocking the region and causing widespread damage - destroying homes and leaving others uninhabitable. The earthquake's epicentre was 40 kilometres west of Christchurch just south-east of Darfield. Issues remain seven years after Christchurch earthquake New methods of helping traumatised kids after Christchurch earthquake One of Newshub's first news reports shows the widespread damage across Christchurch, including extensive liquefaction, and torn apart roads and homes across the cities suburbs. Many large aftershocks followed the quake including the February 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people. Watch one of the original news reports in the video above. Newshub. … [Read more...] about Newshub’s first report on the 2010 Canterbury earthquake
Sixty nine earthquakes hit the Pacific’s so-called “Ring of Fire” in the space of 48 hours this week, driving fears that the so-called 'Big One' is about to hit California. But a leading expert today played down concerns that a "domino effect" sparked by the recent quakes, including ones which hit the coast near Oregon and Venezuela, could lead to a major tremor in the US state. Colin Taylor, professor of earthquake engineering at the University of Bristol, told the Standard it’s “too difficult” to make direct connections between quakes. The Ring of Fire is an area in the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes occur. Professor Taylor said: “The majority of earthquakes around the world are driven by plate tectonics over the earth’s crust. They occur when quakes move past, or under, each other. Every now and again, they reach the limit of their strength and break, emitting energy. “So technically, that means all earthquakes are … [Read more...] about Is the ‘Big One’ about to hit California?
Katharine Lackey USA TODAY Published 11:57 p.m. UTC Aug 21, 2018 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – While concerns about a potential eruption of the supervolcano beneath this iconic park may garner the most alarming headlines, a more likely hazard in the coming decades is a large earthquake. “The biggest concern we have for Yellowstone is not with the volcano, it’s with earthquakes,” said Michael Poland, scientist-in-charge at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, a consortium of eight organizations led by the U.S. Geological Survey. “This is an underappreciated hazard in the Yellowstone area. There can and there will be in the future magnitude-7 earthquakes.” On average, Yellowstone experiences 1,500 to 2,500 earthquakes a year, most of them so small they can’t be felt. But large quakes can – and have – occurred in the not-too-distant past. On Aug. 17, 1959, a magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked the park, … [Read more...] about Yellowstone’s greatest geological threat isn’t a supervolcano. It’s a magnitude-7 earthquake.