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Hundreds of Flares Expelling Methane Gas off NZ Coast

Posted by feww on April 30, 2015

Link sent by blog reader K. in New Zealand

766 Methane gas flares found in one  area of seabed near Gisborne coast: Report

Researchers have discovered hundreds of individual methane gas flares within an area of seabed off the coast of Gisborne, New Zealand, said a report.

They found that every area of carbonate rock and every fault detected on the seafloor was expelling methane, a total of about 766 individual gas flares within one area alone.

“Flares can occur in these kind of environments but seeing them in that kind of density is highly unusual – and we’ve certainly found nothing like it in New Zealand before,” the lead researcher told the reporter.

“We have recorded video footage showing columns of bubbles streaming out of the sea bed,” he added.

“Preliminary indications are that methane is reaching the ocean surface – this is the first time this has been measured in New Zealand. However, to understand how much methane, and then what this means for atmospheric contributions, will require detailed analysis of the data.”

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‘Severe’ Earthquake Rattles New Zealand

Posted by feww on November 17, 2014

SCENARIOS 700, 500, 09, 08, 07, 02

M6.7 Quake Strikes Near North Island New Zealand

Centered at 37.682°S, 179.685°E the quake struck offshore at a depth of 22.0km (13.7mi), said USGS/EHP.

EQ Details [USGS/EHP]
Magnitude: 6.7Mw
Event Time: 2014-11-16 22:33:20 UTC
Location: 37.682°S 179.685°E depth=22.0km (13.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 182km (113mi) NE of Gisborne, New Zealand
  • 239km (149mi) E of Whakatane, New Zealand
  • 306km (190mi) E of Rotorua, New Zealand
  • 581km (361mi) NE of Wellington, New Zealand

Tsunami Evaluation

Small tsunami waves were generated, but they posed no threat to the coastal areas.


A resident in the town of Whakatane, located about 240km from the epicenter, described the quake as the “worst” she’d felt in a long time.

“[The] floor moved under me, vertical blinds really swayed, [it] went on for several minutes.”

EQ Deatils [Local Agency]
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 31 km
Location: 37.65°S, 179.87°E (155 km east of Te Araroa)

Other Significant Seismicity
M6.1 – 245km SW of Gizo, Solomon Islands
Event Time: 2014-11-17 01:06:00 UTC
Location: 9.553°S 155.151°E depth=25.2km (15.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 371km (231mi) S of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  • 526km (327mi) E of Alotau, Papua New Guinea
  • 527km (327mi) W of Honiara, Solomon Islands
  • 657km (408mi) SSE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

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