Understanding the forces shaping New Zealand
Earthquakes help shape New Zealand and are a constant threat in many parts of the country. The more we understand about what causes them, the more we can be prepared.
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The Alpine Fault in the South Island is an on-land boundary between two tectonic plates. Researchers are investigating past earthquakes, mountain formation and the structure of the Earth’s crust.
Seismic waves are waves that travel through or over the Earth. They are usually generated by movements of the Earth’s tectonic plates (earthquakes) but may also be caused by explosions, volcanoes...
Base isolation is a technique developed to prevent or minimise damage to buildings during an earthquake. It has been used in New Zealand, as well as in India, Japan, Italy and the USA.
Dr Laura Wallace is a geophysicist at GNS Science, one of the scientists working on slow slips, among other things. Her work has taken her to many exciting places around the world.