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Christchurch quakes within aftershock probabilities

Today’s M3.9 earthquake in Christchurch was the largest in the city in the past 12 months and the third quake in the wider city area of between M3 and M4 this month.

2 days ago

Lake Taupo earthquake swarm

Earthquake activity near Lake Taupo usually gets people’s attention. Here’s some information about the latest swarm. Let’s be clear though, New Zealand’s favourite volcano is not about to erupt!

Last week

We know you don’t like our ghost quakes, so we are fixing that for you

Good-bye ghost quakes! Starting next week, every quake listed on our website/app will have been reviewed by one of our Geohazards Analysts – that way only real quakes get reported.

Last week

Sampling the inaccessible: A drone at work on Whakaari/White Island

Last month volcano monitoring staff used a drone, or UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to collect water samples from Whakaari/White Island’s Crater Lake, enabling the team to take the pulse of the volcano in a unique way.

2 weeks ago

Slow-slip event off the east coast has now finished

Earlier this year, GeoNet’s GPS network recorded a large slow-slip event off the east coast of the North Island. Since about early June, this activity has tapered off.

2 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island Volcanic Alert Level lowered to 1

Whakaari/White Island shows lower level of gas emissions and the Volcanic Alert Level is lowered to 1.

3 weeks ago

An update on Whakaari/White Island

On 26 June the Volcanic Alert Level of Whakaari/White Island moved from level 1 to 2. Here, we answer some questions about this change and what we currently know about Whakaari.

3 weeks ago

Volcanic Alert Bulletin
Whakaari/White Island Volcanic Alert Level raised to Level 2.

Whakaari/White Island is experiencing moderate volcanic unrest and the Volcanic Alert Level is raised to Level 2.

3 weeks ago

Update on landslide dam at Kaiwhata River

Earlier this month, our landslide team travelled to Kaiwhata River in Wairarapa where a landslide had dammed the river causing a sizeable lake to form. The dam has since failed and around 1,100,000m3 of water flowed downstream over a couple of hours.

4 weeks ago

Earthquakes in the Kermadecs – what you need to know

The Kermadec Islands region north of New Zealand is quite a seismically active place. Here’s more information about quakes in this region and what it means for you.

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