Greg Bowker

Everything we know about earthquakes

Sitting astride the Pacific and Australian plates, New Zealand is regularly beset by tectonic activity—from quiet tremors to city rattling earthquakes. Geological science can tell us much about how, where and why earthquakes happen, even if scientists are not able to predict when.

Science & Environment

Future fears: The big one

The Alpine Fault ruptures—on average—every 330 years with a magnitude 8 earthquake. Geologists and authorities are racing to quantify what might happen, and how they might respond in the event of the next one, likely to occur some time in the next 50 years.