Archive for December, 2007

The Marlborough Drought of 1933

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Anyone who has spent time in the peaceful town of Renwick in Marlborough can’t fail to be moved by the beauty of the place.

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Tawa – It’s Hot Too

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Tawa may not be in the league of towns like Kawerau when it comes to the temperature stakes, but we’re close. Yesterday’s maximum was the warmest for the time of year since readings began in 2003, and we managed to get some welcome relief from the dry spell.

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Porirua Quake, Kermadec Update

Monday, December 10th, 2007

The South Pacific area has been remarkably quiet since last night’s major earthquake in the northern Kermadec Islands. The only event of note in the five hours following the quake was a 4th magnitude event near Porirua in the lower North Island of New Zealand.

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Major Quake, Northern Kermadecs

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

A major earthquake struck the northern Kermadec Islands this evening.

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♫ Sounds of Spring ♪ ♪

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Spring has come and gone, bringing back sounds that only spring can bring.

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Matata Earthquake Swarm

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Earthquake swarm activity near Matata continues at a low rate.

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The Wanganui Earthquake of 1897

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Between 1897 and 1904, New Zealand entered another of its geologically active periods, and three 7th magnitude earthquakes were experienced.

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Gisborne Earthquakes

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Another earthquake struck near Gisborne this morning, ruining the sleep-in plans of at least one loafer.

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Kawerau – It’s Hot

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

The Bay of Plenty town of Kawerau is probably best-known for its pulp and paper mill, but it also enjoys nice hot summer temperatures.

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Praying Mantis vs Spider – Round 1

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

The sight of a young praying mantis and a small jumping spider squaring off on the bathroom window the other morning set me to wondering what they say to each other at such a time.

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Earthquake, Marlborough Sounds

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

This morning’s earthquake in the Marlborough Sounds was felt from Kaiteriteri in the upper South Island to the Kapiti Coast in the North Island, attracting 47 reports from the public by 10 a.m.

The magnitude 4.2 quake struck at 6:49 a.m. on Saturday the 1st of December 2007. It was located 20 km north-east of Picton, 50 km west of Wellington at a depth of 50 km.

[Compiled from data provided by the Geonet project and its sponsors EQC, GNS Science and FRST.]