November 2016 NZ Earthquake

Commiserations to the New Zealand people and members of our sister organisation NZSEE, battered again by a series of unpredictable earthquakes in Canterbury. Despite it being much larger, at magnitude Ms 7.5, than any of the destructive series of earthquakes in 2010/11 in Christchurch, the loss of life and destruction of property appear to have been much less on this occasion due to the distance from heavily populated urban areas.

An intensive aftershock sequence is under way with other triggered small earthquakes widely spread through central New Zealand. There were widespread landslides, reports of a tsunami, surface faulting and destruction of a few unreinforced buildings, one that straddled the fault. Peak Ground Acceleration (PGA) at Ward 25km from the epicentre was 1.2g. Whether another large earthquake will follow as happened in 1929 we will only know with time, we hope not.

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SeismOz Meeting

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As the AEES conference is the main forum that brings Australian seismologists together in a single event, a meeting of Australian seismologists is held just before the conference to discuss various aspects of earthquake monitoring in Australia. This is often held on the Friday morning prior to AEES conference’s midday kick-off.

In 2016, due to the concurrent Asian Seismological Commission General Assembly that starts on the Friday morning, the SeismOz meeting will be held on Thursday afternoon, 24 November 2016 from 2pm-5pm, at the University of Melbourne in the Fritz Lowe Theatre (located on the ground floor of the School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building: 253-283 Elgin St, Carlton).

The Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division) will hold their monthly meeting at the same venue from 5:30pm, and GSA members are welcome to attend the SeismOz meeting. Any international seismologists that are in Melbourne for the ASC conference are also welcome to sit in on the meeting.

This is an annual forum normally held before the start of the AEES conference, where Australian seismologists report on networks changes, any significant projects or developments, and discuss everything from education to monitoring technology. Speakers typically include representatives from Geoscience Australia, the Seismology Research CentreAuScope, and other regional earthquake observatories.

To help plan seating requirements, please send a short email with your contact details to the SeismOz organiser if you’d like to attend.

2016 Conference Registrations Open

Registration for the AEES conference is now open. From the main menu you can access the Conference Login page (to submit Abstracts and Papers) and Registration page. Earlybird pricing is available until 27 August.

If you plan to also attend the concurrent ASC conference, register here instead and select the option to attend AEES.

The Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from Fri-Sun 25-27 November 2016.

AEES & ASC meetings in Melbourne

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MCEC NorthsideBoth AEES and the Asian Seismological Commission (ASC) held their conferences in Melbourne in November 2016. The events were held separately at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC) over three days (Fri-Sun 25-27 November 2016), but the local organising committees have coordinated the meetings so that delegates who register to attend ASC have the opportunity to add in an AEES registration to give them access to a greater variety of topics in addition to the ASC program.

The AEES conference dinner was held on the Saturday evening at the MCG, with a brief welcome reception on the Friday evening, allowing delegates plenty of time to socialise further in the beautiful Southbank region along Melbourne’s Yarra River, with many restaurants and attractions on offer.