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23 November 2015

A rather splendid rock and ice avalanche video from New Zealand

Ryan Taylor captured on video a rock and ice avalanche event on the flanks of Mount Cook in New Zealand


4 November 2015

My latest paper: hillslope preconditioning

In a new paper, we examine the distribution of landslides from two earthquakes in New Zealand to see if hillslope preconditioning – the idea that the legacy of one trigger event can influence slope behaviour ins subsequent event – occurred. The results suggest that this might have been a factor in the area affected by both earthquakes,


30 September 2015

Rockfall and landslide damage in the Port Hills from the Christchurch earthquake sequence

Demolition has started of properties damaged by landslides in the Port Hills area of Christchurch during the 2010-2011 earthquakes. This post shows some of the photographs that I took shortly afterwards.


21 July 2013

Earthquakes shake NZ capital

New Zealand is at it again–or as usual–seismically. This time a series of strong earthquakes in the Cook Strait culminated Sunday morning with a M6.5 between the South and North Islands, shaking the national capital of Wellington and exacting a fair bit of damage around the region. The shocks started with two oddly steep convergent events, a 5.3 Friday morning and a 5.8 in the wee hours Sunday morning. Each …