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Scientists Dig Pits On Wairarapa Coast To Understand Earthquake And Tsunami History

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 11:57 am | Earthquake Commission

Scientists have started digging several pits along the south Wairarapa Coast to unearth the secrets of previous earthquakes and tsunamis to better understand future risks to the greater Wellington region. The research near Cape Palliser is part of ... More >>

Unsung Heroes In Natural Disasters Gather To Share Expertise

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 10:07 am | Earthquake Commission

Geotechnical engineers and scientists are the unsung heroes of protecting New Zealanders, their properties and infrastructure from natural hazards, including earthquakes and landslides. Most New Zealanders may have little awareness of geotechnical engineers ... More >>

New Research Aims To Uncover Earthquake Risk Of Recently Discovered Waikato Fault

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 12:15 pm | Earthquake Commission

GNS Science experts have embarked on a research project to determine the earthquake risk of a recently discovered fault in the Waikato. This is part of an effort to better understand quake risk in parts of New Zealand that are traditionally seen ... More >>

Researchers Mobilise Citizen-scientists For Insights Into Community-based Earthquake Early Warning System

Monday, 15 February 2021, 9:43 am | Earthquake Commission

Scientists are calling on New Zealanders to become citizen seismologists to help determine whether a low-cost community-based earthquake early warning system is feasible in New Zealand. The project, co-funded by EQC and Massey University, has enabled ... More >>

Volcanic Missiles Help Auckland Prepare For Threats From Below

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 10:04 am | Earthquake Commission

Scientists unleashing volcanic ballistics onto Kiwi roofs hope to help Aucklanders understand and manage their volcanic hazards. “Auckland sits on an active volcanic field with 53 known volcanic centres and it is likely there will be an eruption in ... More >>

EQC Receives Nearly 6,000 Applications For On-solds Support Package

Monday, 7 December 2020, 10:15 am | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) received nearly 6,000 applications from Canterbury homeowners for the Government’s On-solds support package, with more than half arriving in the month before the 14 October 2020 deadline. EQC is now working through a process ... More >>

EQC Thanks And Commends The Claimant Reference Group For Its Commitment

Friday, 27 November 2020, 2:54 pm | Earthquake Commission

Earthquake Commission Chief Executive Sid Miller today thanked the Claimant Reference Group (CRG) for its advocacy of the interests of claimants as they negotiate EQC claims management processes. The CRG was established in October 2018 and has worked ... More >>

National Landslide Database Invaluable Asset To New Zealand

Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:08 am | Earthquake Commission

A new database for landslides will become an invaluable asset for any organisation involved in planning housing and infrastructure in New Zealand, says EQC’s Chief Resilience and Research Officer Jo Horrocks. The Earthquake Commission has been working ... More >>

Less Than Two Weeks To Apply For On-solds Support Package

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 2:38 pm | Earthquake Commission

Time is running out for Canterbury homeowners who unknowingly bought a house with missed earthquake damage to apply for the Government’s On-solds support package. Administered on behalf of the Government by EQC, the $300 million On-sold support ... More >>

Marlborough Gravelly Soil Could Provide A New Understanding Of Liquefaction

Monday, 7 September 2020, 3:26 pm | Earthquake Commission

Scientists today started drilling deep into the fertile Marlborough land to gain new understanding of liquefaction in gravelly soils, and the impact of their findings will reach beyond our shores. Prior to the Kaikōura quake it was thought that only ... More >>

New Research To Help Businesses Increase Seismic Safety

Monday, 7 September 2020, 11:36 am | Earthquake Commission

New research aims to reduce injuries in future earthquakes by collating and sharing what New Zealand companies have done to protect their staff and customers. Over 3500 people were injured in the Canterbury earthquakes by masonry, bricks or other projectiles ... More >>

EQC Well Advanced In Implementing Inquiry Recommendations

Monday, 31 August 2020, 1:19 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission has embraced the findings by Dame Silvia Cartwright’s Public Inquiry into EQC and is well advanced in implementing all recommendations to make improvements across the organisation. EQC Chairperson Mary-Jane Daly says ... More >>

New Law Will Help Tenants Make Their Homes Safer For Earthquakes

Monday, 17 August 2020, 12:09 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) says a recent law change will make it easier for tenants to “quake-safe” their homes. One of the changes in the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act specifies that landlords must not unreasonably withhold consent for ... More >>

Kiwi Kids Embark On Virtual Field Trip To Learn About Alpine Fault

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 12:28 pm | Earthquake Commission

Students from around New Zealand will soon embark on a unique field trip to discover the incredible powers which created the South Island landscape and still pose a threat to our communities. And they will be all be able to do this from the safety of their ... More >>

COVID-19 Sees Natural Hazard Awareness Information Taken Online

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 11:32 am | Earthquake Commission

In late March, as the nation went into lockdown for COVID-19, local hazard education providers AF8 (Alpine Fault magnitude 8) and East Coast Life at the Boundary (East Coast LAB) had hoped to be on the road, informing local communities about the risk ... More >>

Multi-fault Quakes – It’s Complicated

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 12:16 pm | Earthquake Commission

EQC-funded research at the University of Canterbury is trying to pinpoint where faults might set each other off, creating a major multi-fault earthquake, and to estimate what the maximum magnitude could be. Lead researcher Dr Tim Stahl says that ... More >>

EQC Allocates $3m To Country’s Top Scientists For Natural Hazards Research

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:03 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is launching a revamped $3 million University Research Programme to support EQC’s aim of building New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazards. From today, the programme will fund eight leading scientists at Auckland, ... More >>

More Time For Canterbury Homeowners To Get Funding For Earthquake Repairs

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:03 pm | Earthquake Commission

Canterbury homeowners of on-sold, over-cap properties are being urged to apply for financial help to repair earthquake damage, and now they have an extra two months to apply. The deadline has been extended to 14 October 2020 for people who purchased ... More >>

EQC Successfully Renews New Zealand $6.2b Reinsurance Programme

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 10:24 am | Earthquake Commission

EQC has successfully renewed its $6.2 billion reinsurance programme for the forthcoming year. “International reinsurers have again shown their ongoing confidence in New Zealand and the Earthquake Commission with this year’s agreement which commenced ... More >>

‘A Lot On Our Plates’ – Kiwis Invited To Take Part In New Campaign

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 11:26 am | Earthquake Commission

Aotearoa New Zealand is a land shaped by immense plate boundary forces. Now, a new education campaign wants to make Kiwis more aware about the risk those forces pose and encourage them to take steps to be better prepared for the next earthquake or ... More >>