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Unlocking the Secrets of The Hikurangi Subduction

Unlocking the Secrets of The Hikurangi Subduction

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When:

  • Wed 19 Feb, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Where:

National Aquarium of New Zealand, 546 Marine Parade, Napier

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Dr Laura Wallace, Geophysicist, GNS Science.

Admission by gold coin donation.

Have you ever wondered about that sleeping giant that lies beneath Hawke’s Bay, known as the Hikurangi subduction zone? Dr Laura Wallace will discuss the results of scientific studies that reveal what the subduction zone is currently up to, include the latest on the “slow-motion earthquakes” that occur regularly in the Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne regions, and what we have learned about them by placing monitoring instruments on the seafloor.

Laura will also assess the earthquake and tsunami potential of the Hikurangi subduction zone, and describe a number of recent international and New Zealand-led missions aimed at better understanding our sleeping giant.

Dr Laura Wallace is a geophysicist at GNS Science in Lower Hutt, with a joint position at the University of Texas. Much of her scientific career has focused on investigating New Zealand’s largest fault, the Hikurangi subduction zone. She is currently leading a multi-national effort to better understand the hazards it poses.

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