Archive for August, 2007

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Friday, August 31st, 2007

The National Library of New Zealand has revamped its online collection of historical newspapers and will offer new features from early September.

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July 2007 Drier, Calmer

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Tawa’s climate during July 2007 was drier and calmer than last year. Temperatures were similar to 2005 and 2006, but warmer than 2003 and 2004.

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Dark and Peaceful

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Tonight’s lunar eclipse as observed from Tawa, near Wellington, New Zealand was pleasantly dark and free of the roseate glow that might be expected to be seen from a polluted planet.

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USGS Enhances Website

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

The US Geological Survey has enhanced its Earthquake Hazards Programme website with maps now featuring pop-up information boxes.

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Offshore Quake Near Foxton

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Another deep earthquake struck central New Zealand early this afternoon, the strongest of four which have been felt in the lower North Island and upper South Island this month.

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Geological Summary for New Zealand Area, June 2007

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Earthquake activity continued at a low level, with swarms reported at Matata, Kawerau and Taupo. White Island, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Ruapehu volcanoes remained at Alert Level 1.

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GNS Science Curtails Hazardwatch Service

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

GNS Science has closed the public information aspect of its Hazardwatch website, retaining the commercial property evaluation service.

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Hydro Lakes Remain Below Average

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Hydro lake storage remained consistently below average during July 2007 and, despite a month of steady demand with fluctuating inflows, storage ended the month where it began – at 78% of average for the time of year.

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Increased Quake Activity, South-west Pacific

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Two earthquakes in the Kermadec Islands overnight were the latest in a series of moderately strong quakes to have struck the south-west Pacific on Sunday.

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South Pacific Earthquakes

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

A pair of moderately strong earthquakes struck the Kermadec and Loyalty Islands just after midnight tonight.

A magnitude 6.0 quake has been reported at a depth of 35 km, 275 km east of Ile Hunter, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 12:32 a.m. on Sunday the 19th of August 2007, New Zealand time.

Sixteen minutes later a magnitude 5.4 quake struck at a depth of 46 km, 50 km ENE of Raoul Island in the Kermadec Islands.

A similar earthquake of magnitude 5.0 struck 130 km south of L’Esperance Rock in the Kermadecs at a depth of 35 km yesterday at 4:45 a.m. New Zealand time.

[Compiled from provisional data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

Strong Earthquake, Solomon Islands

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

A strong earthquake struck the Solomon Islands this evening, New Zealand time. The magnitude 6.7 quake was located 75 km WSW of Honiara at 8:39 p.m. New Zealand time. Early reports indicate the quake was crustal and possibly as shallow as 1.8 km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a bulletin on the quake at 9 p.m. New Zealand time advising that no destructive tsunami threat exists based on historical data.

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies, and the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.]

Earthquakes, Coastal Peru

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

The magnitude of this morning’s earthquake off the coast of Peru has been revised upward, and the tsunami warnings, watches and advisories have been cancelled.

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Earthquake and Tsunami near Peru

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

The US Geological Survey has revised the location of this morning’s magnitude 7.5 quake near the coast of Central Peru.

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Major Earthquake Near Peruvian Coast

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

A major earthquake struck off the coast of Peru just before midday today, New Zealand time.

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Western Pacific Earthquakes

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Another burst of moderately strong earthquake activity has rippled along the western edge of the Pacific Ocean as far as Alaska during the last 24 hours.

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