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Seismic station, Denniston (1st of 2)

Seismic station, Denniston

One of the most isolated seismic stations is at Denniston on the West Coast – near Westport on a rocky plateau that is often hidden by cloud. The results are telemetered by satellite to GeoNet headquarters, and can be seen live on the GeoNet website. Regular small blips on the seismic record indicate when coal trucks pass nearby.

Landowner Gary James stands beneath the satellite dish, situated in his backyard.

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Simon Nathan, 'Geological exploration - Studying the sea floor and earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006