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20/01/2017 1.30 p.m. We’ve been busy crunching the numbers based on all the seismic activity in the aftershock area of November’s Kaikoura Earthquake. So what’s the big news? The expected numbers of earthquakes have dropped a lot since the last forecast.  There is now a 25 percent chance of one or more M6.0-6.9 earthquakes occurring within the next month; this has decreased from 54 percent from our last forecast (19 December 2016).…
Updated 19/12/2016, 4.15 pm The magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake occurred on Monday 14th November http://www.geonet.org.nz/quakes/2016p858000. This story will now be updated monthly (next update is mid-January 2017) with the probabilities of future aftershocks and possible scenarios following the Kaikoura earthquake.   In our previous updates, we provided scenarios for what might happen within the coming month.…
In recent years Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or, drones, as they are often called, have become a useful tool in going places that are often difficult or dangerous for people to go. We have been using them to make observations of locations that are not safe to visit and making maps of areas. In June we mapped the eruption deposits at Waimangu by UAV https://goo.gl/3z2bXA and more recently used them extensively to map the fault displacements https://youtu.…

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