Keeping an eye out for earthquakes is the bread and butter of the National Geohazard Monitoring Centre (NGMC). But the round-the-clock team of geohazard analysts is also alert for landslides, tsunamis and volcanic activity.
The NGMC, based at GNS Science in Lower Hutt in Wellington, is part of GeoNet – the organisation tasked with New Zealand’s geohazard monitoring and response.
Kimberly Presow has worked here for five years, since a new 24/7 version of the centre opened in 2018. She’s a shift leader now, responsible for one of the teams of geohazard analysts that constantly scan the monitors for any changes that might indicate a significant geohazard event.
A network of seismometers, underwater pressure sensors, coastal gauges, cameras and international monitoring stations constantly feed data into this room, where the geohazard analysts are wary to any changes in the patterns.
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