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Earthquakes rock Taupo area

Posted by te2ataria on January 3, 2017

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More signs they are coming!

A series of volcanic earthquakes has unnerved residents in Taupo and neighbouring areas.

Four shallow tremors occurred about 15km north-east of Taupo within about 40 minutes, GeoNet reported.

The opener  was a 3.2 tremor at 10.01pm, followed by the 3.8 at 10.12pm, then a 2.7 at 10.25pm and a 2.9 at 10.37pm, which struck at ground level.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen aftershocks struck near Seddon, and several more near Kaikoura including a strong magnitude 4.6 shock that occurred 15 km west of Kaikoura at a depth of 9km at 10.47pm.

A GNS Science volcanologist is on record as saying the quakes didn’t warrant any heightened monitoring.

He said: “As for the cause of them, they’re basically located in a pretty active area of the country, just north of Taupo, where there’s a lot of faults and action: so it’s not unsual [sic] that we see quakes there at all.”

Let’s hope he is dead right!

 

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WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW!

Posted by te2ataria on June 4, 2016

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IS ALL HELL ABOUT TO BREAK LOOSE? 

Magma chamber causing earthquakes

“Scientists have found a startling reason for the thousands of quakes that have swarmed around a tiny eastern Bay of Plenty settlement over recent years – a huge magma chamber lying just a few kilometres beneath it.” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11650441

Thousand earthquakes had occurred the town of Matata between 2004 and 2011, and a 20km-square area of land around the town has been pushed up by about 40cm since 1950.

“Using a model based on modern GPS and satellite radar data, along with decades of survey records, scientists have concluded a magma body lies about 9km below the surface – and since 1950 its volume had grown by the equivalent of 80,000 Olympic swimming pools.” [Volume of an Olympic swimming pool is 2,500 cubic meters.]

GNS Science employees insist the presence of such enormous amount of magma does not mean an eruption could be imminent, nor had it changed the volcanic hazard of the Bay of Plenty region.

[However, they have failed to explain what might happen if the rate of inflation increases, or the uplift continues even at its current rate, an informed source has noted.]

“Our modelling points to the presence of a magma chamber in an area where there has been no active volcanism for about 400,000 years,” said GNS Science satellite image specialist Dr Ian Hamling.

OK! But what’s the significance of the sizeable ground uplift in recent years?

What are the probabilities of a catastrophic eruption in the Bay of Plenty region in the next 1,000 years, 100 years, 10 years, or indeed 100 days?

We have the right to know. If GNS Science people don’t have the answer, they should come clean and say so now.

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Civil ‘Defence’ Waikato: Poop Art and Sheep Science

Posted by te2ataria on April 28, 2016

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White Island erupts

White Island, the volcanic island off the coast of the Bay of Plenty, erupted last night between 9.30pm and 11pm, GNS Science said.

Volcanic Alert Level has since been raised to Level 3 (Minor Volcanic Eruption) and the Aviation Colour Code to Orange.

  • GNS have recorded a 2-meter fall in the water level of the crater lake in the last 2 weeks.
  • The lake temperature has increased 2C, from 56C to 58C, since February.
  • SO2 output has ranged between 90 and 480 tonnes per day over the last 5 weeks.

Waikato “Civil” Defence: “White Island does lady volcano farts (or ‘Windy Pops’), but last night she did a ripper loud one!”

“LATE AT NIGHT, WHITE ISLAND’S USUAL ‘WINDY POP’ FARTS GET EXPLOSIVE!!”

Other News in Drips…

Auckland man Gregory Reynolds found dead in Tongan bush

The body of Auckland man Gregory Paul Reynolds, 47, has been found in the dense bush in Tonga, near the resort where he was staying, Radio NZ reported.

Praiseworthy Police Pong in Tonga

He missed his return flight to New Zealand on April 8 and, two weeks later, on April 22, Tonga’s Police commissioner Steve Caldwell told RNZ that they believed there were no suspicious circumstances involved in his disappearance [other than the minor technicality of a probable murder!]  http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/79383240/auckland-man-gregory-reynolds-found-dead-in-tongan-bush

Truck flattens car: Man killed, two including a 12yo seriously (!) injured

The driver of a car was killed in yet another horror crash on State Highway 27 at Te Puninga, between Morrinsville and Tahuna today.

Two of the car passengers including a 12-year-old girl were  airlifted to Waikato Hospital by a helicopter, both of whom believed to be in a serious condition (!)

[Anyone surviving this crash deserve a “Victorian” medal!]


The deadly crash occurred on State Highway 27 at Te Puninga, between Morrinsville and Tahuna. Photo: Waikato Westpac Helicopter/ via NZherald

Waikato region’s official road toll now stands at  24 from 18 crashes so far this year.

The State’s Deadly Secrets

Today is DAY 133 of the latest TOURISTS or truth? campaign in NZ

28apr2016 - police-doctored NZ road toll

Six days ago… [Yeah! Pigs can and do fly Air New Zealand.]

22apr16 nz police-doctored road toll

http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/roadtoll/

Blog estimate: About 900 people are killed on NZ roads each year. [Most probably] up to 303 road fatalities have occurred in NZ since 1 January 2016

 

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