Archive for May, 2010

Dame Helen June Patricia Evison, DBE 1924 – 2010

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Dame Patricia Evison, well-known New Zealand actor, died today.


The Fun Weather Continues

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

After a brief break on Wednesday, rain has continued to fall steadily in Tawa this week.


Major Quake, Vanuatu

Friday, May 28th, 2010

A major earthquake struck Vanuatu this morning, triggering a tsunami warning for nearby areas.


A Close Call for Tawa

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

A late evening deluge in Tawa yesterday caused some evacuations and was a close call for others. The Kenepuru Stream rose rapidly, and Tawa Weather recorded its wettest day since the weather station was commissioned in January 2005.


Dry Spell Ended

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

The long, dry autumn has certainly come to an end, but the Wellington region has been spared the worst of the weather brought by the latest series of low pressure systems to pass over the country.


Where’s Enderby Island?

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I was poking about on the Metservice website the other day, and noticed that Enderby, Raoul and Campbell islands were listed on the right-hand side of the weather forecast page. Of all the locations listed, Enderby was a bit of a mystery and I decided to find out a bit more about it.


Geological Summary for New Zealand Area, April 2010

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Earthquake activity declined. White Island and Mt. Ruapehu remained at Alert Level 1. A swarm of quakes followed a slow-slip event near Tolaga Bay, and a slow-slip event continued beneath Poverty Bay.


Bay of Plenty Tremors Continue

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

A swarm of undersea earthquakes in the Bay of Plenty kept some residents awake overnight.


Hydro Lake Levels Improved During April

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Hydro storage lake levels improved dramatically at the end of April 2010.


Bay of Plenty Tremors

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

A swarm of light earthquakes struck coastal Bay of Plenty overnight.


Hydro Lakes Stable During March

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

New Zealand’s hydro lake storage remained stable during March 2010, with a slow decline during the early part of the month being reversed by very large inflows between March 22nd and 25th.


Geological Summary for New Zealand Area, March 2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Earthquake activity continued at a steady rate. White Island and Mt. Ruapehu remained at Alert Level 1. A slow-slip event was detected near Gisborne.


Geological Summary for New Zealand Area, February 2010

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Earthquake activity remained steady. White Island and Mt. Ruapehu remained at Alert Level 1. A tsunami warning was issued for coastal communities. Slow-slip events occurred near Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay.


Southern Kermadec Quake

Monday, May 10th, 2010

An undersea earthquake struck mid-way between East Cape and the southern Kermadec Islands early this morning. The magnitude 4.6 quake, which struck at 1:12 a.m. on Monday 10th May 2010 was located 395 km south-south-west of L’Esperance Rock (460 km north-north-east of Gisborne) at a depth of 35 km.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

Major Quake, Sumatra

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

A major earthquake struck Sumatra this evening New Zealand time.