Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Earthquake information paper looks at earthquake prediction

Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, 16 March 2011

Earthquake information paper looks at earthquake prediction and future earthquake risks for Christchurch and New Zealand

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, and the Royal Society of New Zealand have been working with the New Zealand science community to help with public understanding about earthquake prediction and future earthquake risks for Christchurch and New Zealand as a whole. Together, they have released an information paper earlier today.

Commenting on the paper, Sir Peter Gluckman said: “There is understandably a lot of interest and concern around Christchurch’s recent and future tectonic events. There is a wide range of scientific effort already underway and being planned to help Christchurch and New Zealand as a whole to design, plan and build the engineering needed to deal with the risks we face.”

The information paper is based on expertise from a range of specialist groups working in this area including the University of Canterbury, GNS Science, Victoria University of Wellington, and the Natural Hazards Platform, a collaborative research programme hosted by GNS Science. It is designed to provide answers to concerns about the Christchurch earthquake and the risks for the future.

Professor Keith Hunter, Vice-President of the Royal Society of New Zealand said: “The Royal Society of New Zealand was set up to provide independent expert advice to the Government and the community, as one of its functions, and we are glad to be able to help in this way at this time of national need. We are hoping that by bringing together information from a range of sources that some of the questions and concerns people have will be answered.”

The information paper provides details about earthquake prediction, the science of earthquakes, likely future activity, and the current and future science effort.

Experts contributing to the paper included:
• Professor Tim Stern, Professor of Geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington
• Dr Kelvin Berryman, Principal Scientist, Manager, Natural Hazards Research Platform, GNS Science
• Professor Kevin Furlong, Geodynamics Research Group, Geosciences Penn State
• Dr Mark Quigley, Senior Lecturer in Active Tectonics and Geomorphology Department of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury
• Associate Professor John Townend, EQC Fellow in Seismic Studies, School of Geography, Environment, and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington.
• Dr Terry Webb, General Manager, Natural Hazards, GNS Science
• Dr Matt Gerstenberger, Seismologist, GNS Science
• Dr Alex Malahoff, Chief Executive , GNS Science

To read a copy of Sir Peter’s opening statement at the press conference, please click here.

To read the information paper:
Copies of the information paper can be found on the websites of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Science Advisory Committee www.pmcsa.org.nz, and the Royal Society of New Zealand www.royalsociety.org.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Must Sell 20 Petrol Stations: Z Cleared To Buy Caltex Assets

Z Energy is allowed to buy the Caltex and Challenge! petrol station chains but must sell 19 of its retail sites and one truck-stop, the Commerce Commission has ruled in a split decision that acknowledges possible retail price coordination between fuel retailers occurs in some regions. More>>

ALSO:

Huntly: Genesis Extends Life Of Coal-Fuelled Power Station To 2022

Genesis Energy will keep its two coal and gas-fired units at Huntly Power Station operating until 2022, having previously said they'd be closed by 2018, after wringing a high price from other electricity generators who wanted to keep them as back-up. More>>

ALSO:

Dammed If You Do: Ruataniwha Irrigation Scheme Hits Farmer Uptake Targets

Enough Hawke's Bay farmers have signed up for water from the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme for it to go ahead as long as a cornerstone institutional capital investor can be found to back it, its regional council promoter announced. More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: OCR Stays At 2.25%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2.25 percent, in a decision traders had said could go either way, while predicting inflation will pick up as the slump in oil prices washes out of the data and capacity pressures start to build in the economy. More>>

ALSO:

Export Values Down: NZ Posts Biggest Annual Trade Deficit In 7 Years

New Zealand has recorded its biggest annual trade deficit since April 2009, reflecting weaker prices of agricultural commodities such as dairy products, beef and lamb, and increased imports of vehicles and machinery. More>>

ALSO:

Currency Events: NZ's New $5 Note Wins International Banknote Award

New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition. The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news