Canterbury quakes a reminder of the coming Alpine Apocalypse

This morning’s severe earthquake in Canterbury – initially thought to be magnitude 6.4 but since revised to magnitude 6.0 – centred 30 km west of Arthur’s Pass – is a reminder that these things are constantly with us in New Zealand. You can’t expect anything else, living on the edge of the Pacific Rim of Fire. Some 635 fault lines have… More Canterbury quakes a reminder of the coming Alpine Apocalypse

Why New Zealand doesn’t need to worry about a zombie apocalypse

New Zealand has been hit by three significant earthquakes in the last two days. Luckily not strong enough to do damage, and remote enough that even a larger shake would have been more nuisance than apocalypse. But they are a sharp reminder that we live on some very ‘shaky isles’. The next one might well bring tragedy.… More Why New Zealand doesn’t need to worry about a zombie apocalypse

Forecasting New Zealand’s seismic apocalypse

This weekend’s tragedy on Japan’s Mount Ontake reminds us that life around the Pacific ‘rim of fire’ is often risky. That string of tectonic plate collisions stretches around the whole circumference of the Pacific and has shaped life in many ways. It was cause of the 2011 tsunami that devastated eastern Japan. It gave the US Yellowstone.… More Forecasting New Zealand’s seismic apocalypse

Living On Shaky Ground

I’ve got three books being published between now and February. Here’s a preview of Living On Shaky Ground: the science and story behind New Zealand’s earthquakes. It’s being published by Penguin Random House on 26 September. My advance copy arrived a few days back. And after thirty years and over 50 books, I have to say that the… More Living On Shaky Ground

Mindless parking warden droogery in a quake-hit city

I posted last week about the way central Wellington had quietened after the July earthquake. I think it was largely because the two largest central city parking buildings had been shut down – and parking in the streets is a lottery in the face of the Wellington City Council’s parking enforcers –  whose mind set,… More Mindless parking warden droogery in a quake-hit city