As part of the Kaikoura rail and road rebuild, Jenlogix were commissioned by KiwiRail and NCTIR with the installation of the cost effective Palert Seismometer system to help provide warning of earthquakes in that region. The Palerts array circles Kaikoura. Jenlogix also provides data feeds from other clients’ units in the Christchurch and Wellington regions. Sites include Hanmer Springs (Visitor Centre and Spa), St Arnaud (DOC Visitor Centre and Rotoiti Lodge), Blenheim (Marlborough District Council), Kaikoura Council as well as KiwiRail's own sites in the region.
Costing from $2,850, each device ensures the system did not break the bank, while still providing valuable asset protection and potentially lifesaving data.
The customised "live" data enables KiwiRail operations centres to better manage risk, enabling them to contact trains as appropriate. KiwiRail and Jenlogix also make the data available to GeoNet.
Secure servers take KiwiRail and other clients data to create a shakemap within seconds of a quake. In addition, SMS text alerts are sent to KiwiRail and other interested parties.
A breakthrough study by Taiwan National Chung-Hsing University, Departmental of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has proven that the health of a structure can be accurately diagnosed by using only 3 seismic units. Analysing data from a large number of units over a number of earthquakes, the university was able to prove the ability of this new methodology to accurately show the health of a building. The system calculates the rigidity and actual displacement to provide rapid structural health diagnostics (RSHD). This greatly reduces the cost to determine building safety and also helps engineers to rapidly assess the health of the structure enabling companies to return to work as soon as possible in undamaged buidlings.
SAVE TIME AND MONEY BY ASCERTAINING THE SAFETY OF A BUILDING RAPIDLY AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
Prompted by the recent Kaikoura and Christchurch earthquakes, Callaghan Innovation purchased the cost effective Palert earthquake warning system to help improve staff health and safety. Installed by Jenlogix partner, Red Wolf Security, the system is installed in the offices of Callaghan in Wellington and Christchurch, providing warning of earthquake shock waves before they arrive, switching off/on emergency systems, and triggering visible and audible alarms, enabling staff to potentially exit the building before the destructive wave arrives.
Data from the system is sent to a central server, hosted by Red Wolf in their secure data centre, for processing. Combined with data from additional units in Wellington, Christchurch and other locations, the server can provide shake maps of the earthquake normally within a minute of a quake occurring. The data will also be sent to engineering firms to enable rapid determination of the health of the buildings after a severe shake.With over 3,000 units installed worldwide, the Palert P-wave seismic alarm system has proven itself at helping provide early warning where possible, plus supplying valuable data on the effects of an Earthquake. All products in the Palert range are independently calibrated and certified by an internationally ISO approved testing laboratory.
The breakthrough technology of the advanced, cost effective, Palert system can give you that warning and the chance to act before the main devastating shock wave arrives. A P-wave of an earthquake is like seeing lightning before hearing the thunder. Alternatively the Palert can be used to protect key assets. Even without any early warning the Palert can be used as a local Earthquake Detection System to manage local assets.
Callaghan Innovation, a Crown entity of New Zealand, has the task of making New Zealand business more innovative. It was established in February 2013 and the Crown Research Institute Industrial Research Limited was merged into it. Callaghan Innovation provide a single front door to the innovation system for businesses at all stages of their innovation journey – from start-ups to the most experienced R&D performers.
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In Greenland such a quake caused a tsunami. Could that happen in NZ? That's a very good question.
7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes near Hanmer Springs in South Island - two killed, Kaikoura isolated, Wellington CBD damaged.
See this link
Also Helicopter view
Over 24 hours later large aftershock affecting Wellington.
Jenlogix Shakemaps show Bay of Plenty and Wellington impact within 1 minute of quake
Team granted funding to plan response for Alpine Fault megaquake
A megaquake along the Alpine Fault with the potential to "unzip" the South Island happens roughly every 300 years - the last one was in 1717.
The Government has put together a team of scientists and civil defence experts to investigate the possible 8.0 magnitude quake, which could tear chasms in the ground, cause landslides, damage state highways and topple cellphone towers.
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has granted them $490,000 to create a high-level response plan within two years. For more info see link
Also check out Alpine Fault earthquake talk
Where Wellington hides its water
It holds as much water as an Olympic swimming pool, and can withstand the mightiest earthquake.
See the video about how the technology is keeping Wellington's water safe.
Our thoughts go out to all those who are suffering the major earthquake in Taiwan this weekend. As can be seen from this site the strength of the shake and aftershocks are greater than the actual 6.4 quake. Click on the link and then the arrow to the side of the quake to see how the earthquake developed. The dots are Palert systems that registered the quake as it happened.