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NHC hosts free public talk series at Te Papa this winter 

The Natural Hazards Commission (NHC) Toka Tū Ake is hosting a free public talk series in partnership with Te Papa this winter to showcase fascinating natural hazards research happening in Wellington.

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Humming planet reveals secrets of Paeroa Fault

Scientist are listening to the “hum of the Earth” with cutting-edge, low-cost devices to determine the seismic hazard of the Paeroa Fault. The GNS research team installed 147 small seismometers in a targeted area south of Rotorua and used the earth’s natural rumbles to determine how steeply the seismic fault dives under its surface.

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EQC becomes Natural Hazards Commission under new legislation in effect from today

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has today become the Natural Hazards Commission Toka Tū Ake, reflecting its role in supporting New Zealanders to prepare for and recover from a range of natural hazards, not just earthquakes.

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Wellington students compete to build a novel tsunami alert system

Yesterday’s CRISiSLab Challenge, hosted at Massey University’s Wellington campus, saw over 80 students from 15 Wellington colleges showcase their novel tsunami alert systems to peers and a panel of expert judges. The annual challenge is part-funded by EQC Toka Tū Ake and promotes interest in natural hazards research and STEM among Wellington Region’s high school students.