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Monitoring centre to offer faster response to natural disasters

Image: Sharon Davis [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

New Zealand’s government has launched a $19.5-million purpose-built national centre in the Wellington region to provide advanced monitoring services for earthquakes and other geological hazards.

The National Geohazards Monitoring Centre was officially opened on 12 December by NZ research, science and innovation minister Megan Woods and civil defence minister Kris Faafoi.

Woods said the centre would be staffed 24/7 by a team of scientists and would provide monitoring and advisory services for four hazards: earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

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