Ask an Expert is back – for kids!

Published: Tue Oct 12 2021 10:15 AM

It’s the last week of school holidays and we want kiwi kids to share their questions about volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and landslides. So get your kids, get curious, get your camera ready, and ask away!

Last year we asked the public for questions on geohazards, and then we made a series of short videos with answers from our experts. This year, we’re giving kids the chance to send in their questions for our experts to answer.

Want to be involved?

Know a child that is interested in science? Ask them if there is anything they want to know about volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and landslides from GeoNet. Help them to create a video of themselves asking us a question, and then send it to us. The questions we choose will feature on a video with one of our experts answering them.

The Details

  • Please let us know the child’s name, age and city/town

  • Send the video to

  • If we select your video, we will email you to confirm that we have permission to use the footage

Filming Tips

  • Film in landscape

  • Don't have a window/bright light behind you

  • Record in a quiet location

  • Keep it short and have fun!

Our previous Ask an Expert series

These videos were made during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, we asked the GeoNet community to send in their geohazard questions and our experts answered them from their lockdown ‘bubbles’.

You can view all of the videos we made on the GNS YouTube Channel. Here is the compilation of earthquake questions and answers:

Remember in an earthquake to Drop, Cover and Hold

Drop, Cover and Hold

Drop, Cover and Hold

And if you feel a Long or Strong earthquake, or receive an emergency mobile alert for a tsunami, Get Gone to higher ground, or as far inland as possible immediately.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have a great website with information on what to do before, during and after an earthquake. The Earthquake Commission (EQC) also have helpful information on how to get your home, apartment, or rental prepared for a natural disaster.

As always, the GeoNet project and our monitoring capability would not be possible without the support of our partners EQC, LINZ, MBIE, and NEMA.

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