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Reducing the impact of natural hazards

From EQC to the Natural Hazards Commission Toka Tū Ake. We've continued to change over the last 80 years, but our commitment to people, property and the community has remained the same

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Largest volcanic eruptions in our history caused by deep ocean water, new research finds

New research has revealed an unlikely source for the unique volcanic activity in the Taupō region, one of the most volatile volcanic fields on the planet.

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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.