Scientists working to detect seismic risk below North Island

A Radio NZ article.

Researchers hope sensors deployed at the sea floor will reveal the earthquake and tsunami risk below the lower North Island.

Scientists from Victoria University of Wellington, GNS Science and two Canadian universities will deploy 20 ocean-bottom seismometers to the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, early next year.

Team leader Professor Martha Savage, from the Victoria University of Wellington, said the seismometers will monitor how the Pacific Plate is slipping under the Australian Plate off Wellington’s east coast – and how often earthquakes strike there.

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