Scientists fire volcanic rock at Auckland roofs to determine damage costs

An Insurance Business Magazine article.

Scientists from the University of Canterbury are firing volcanic rocks at Kiwi roofs to try and help Aucklanders understand and manage their volcanic risks.

Professor Thomas Wilson noted that Auckland sits on an active volcanic field with 53 known centres, and that an eruption in the future is likely – scientists just aren’t sure when or where it will happen. Part of the research involves firing volcanic rocks at high speed on to a typical Auckland roof to help understand its strength, and the likely impact of an eruption on residents’ homes.

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