|Dan packing a seismometer|
RAPID RESPONSEFollowing the weekends quake activity we had a rapid response team travel down to Marlborough yesterday, they will install temporary instruments to improve the quality and quantity of data being recorded by our network of instruments.
|Loading up the vehicles|
The next morning the team then split up into two, With Dan and Todd traveling to Wairau Valley to install a strong motion site, and then onto Port Underwood to install a weak motion site.
The other team of Sam and Lara were being tailed by the TV3 Campbell Live cameras for the morning while they installed a combination site (weak and strong motion instruments) south west of Seddon in the hills, and then they were off to White Bluff to install another.
Strong motion instruments record the larger damaging shaking from earthquakes, while the weak-motion sites are more sensitive and record the smaller shakes.
I have pics from the teams below and a map showing where the places they have traveled to are, i also have a more detailed blog on how we set up temporary sites here
|First strong motion site installed in a Wairau Valley Garage|
|Port Underwood site 1/2 way through|
|Dan and Todd at Port Underwood|
|Planning where they are going|
|TV3 cameras filming|
|Seddon combo site all finished|
What happens at GeoNet HQ after a big quake?
|Fridays 5.7 showing on a screen|
We have a lot of different people who all come together after a large quake, each work in different areas of science and at the end it all comes together so we can figure out what is going on under the earth.
To start off with we are usually standing around looking at the screens showing the quake details, for a change on Friday most of us in GeoNet felt this event.
We have a duty officer on duty 24/7, their main role is to check the location of the quakes (after our automated system SeisComP3 ) but
|The media are around lots|
|A meeting of scientists all working on the quakes|
The scientists all working on the quake sequence (from GeoNet, GNS Science and other occasionally other agencies like NIWA) have also been meeting here twice a day to discuss who is working on what, and their findings. Each have their own specialty but in a large event they all come together so we can try and figure out what is happening and what possibly might happen in the future.
|Communication team working on getting the info out|
So next time there is a large earthquake, you read a news story or see a scientist on the news - you now know what is going on behind the scenes.