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New Zealand is very young and active geologically and therefore is prone to geohazards. By monitoring, modelling and detecting geohazards people can be more prepared for them. In New Zealand the GeoNet project (funded by EQC) does the monitoring.
GNS Science is the custodian of the GeoNet project and is monitoring our earthquakes, large and small, and our active fault lines in order to understand past events, and prepare for the future.
To better understand earthquakes scientists work on;
There are 12 active volcanic areas in New Zealand. Although the probability of an eruption affecting a large area is relatively low in any one year, New Zealand needs to be prepared for a range of styles of volcanic eruptions.
The GeoNet project (GNS Science) maintains permanent surveillance at active and potentially active volcanoes to detect the early signs of increased seismic and volcanic activity. This equipment is also used to analyse the impacts of eruptions and model future eruptions.
To better understand tsunami and the risk for New Zealand scientists work on;
Unstable land, intense rainfall, earthquakes and people developing the land can lead to landslides. Studying ground stability, landslide events and triggers and locating faults can help us to understand landslides better.
Survey equipment can be used to measure movement and modelling landslides can help identify areas at risk and inform decisions on land use.
GNS Science looks after the GeoNet project which monitors earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and tsunami. This is a seismometer to measure ground movement; how do you think it works? Image: LEARNZ.
Devices such as this make up the Eruption Detection System on Mount Ruapehu. Why is a warning system so important on Mount Ruapehu? Image: LEARNZ.
A tsunami gauge recording showing the tsunami at Raoul Island after the 2011 7.6 magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands. Image: GeoNet.