Back to top

NZ3D Blog #1: We have lift off!

seismometers1

We have lift off! Years of planning, months of preparation and hours of travelling have culminated in a keen team of international scientists assembled in Gisborne ready to investigate the fascinating geology of the Hikurangi subduction zone.

The Hikurangi subduction zone is particularly shallow which makes it more accessible and easier to study than others around the world. It has consequently attracted international interest and funding from scientists attempting to understand plate boundary tectonics and the natural hazards with which they are associated.

Over the next few weeks Project NZ3D will install around 100 seismometers in the Gisborne region. These instruments will record the ground shaking associated with earthquake activity and allow us to image the subsurface structure of the plate boundary lying off the east coast. This research is part of a larger series of projects which aim to help us understand the behaviour of the subduction zone how to minimise the risk posed to communities along the east coast from earthquakes and tsunamis. 

The scientific team comprises researchers, technicians and students from far flung corners of the world such as Imperial College London and SEIS-UK as well as those a little closer to home from Victoria University and GNS Sciences. So what did we do on day 1? Recover from jet lag? A spot of sight-seeing? Nope, we got stuck straight in testing the equipment in a garage on an industrial estate... who said science was glamorous? Once we were sure we had everything in order, it was time head to our first field site and practice the full deployment. What could go wrong, right?

Stay tuned, more on this coming soon! 

And if you just can't wait, catch us on Twitter: @NZ3D_FWI

Back to News

Getting in touch

East Coast Lab
159 Dalton Street, Private Bag 6006 Napier, 4142
P: 06 835 9200
E:info@eastcoastlab.org.nz

Site Map

About

Learn

Our Projects

Disclaimers and Copyright
While every endeavour has been taken by the East Coast Life at the Boundary to ensure that the information on this website is accurate and up to date, East Coast Life at the Boundary shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of information on this website. Information contained has been assembled in good faith. Some of the information available in this site is from the New Zealand Public domain and supplied by relevant government agencies. East Coast Life at the Boundary cannot accept any liability for its accuracy or content. Portions of the information and material on this site, including data, pages, documents, online graphics and images are protected by copyright, unless specifically notified to the contrary. Externally sourced information or material is copyright to the respective provider.

© East Coast Life at the Boundary - www.eastcoastlab.org.nz / 06 835 9200 / info@eastcoastlab.org.nz