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The Earth­quake Com­mis­sion is fund­ing re­search to im­prove the un­der­stand­ing of known and po­ten­tial faults in the Hau­raki Rift; a ge­o­log­i­cal area run­ning through the Auck­land and Waikato re­gions in­clud­ing the Hau­raki Gulf, Firth of Thames and Hau­raki Plains. The Univer­sity of Auck­land’s Jen­nifer Ec­cles is lead­ing an in­ter­na­tional team of re­searchers who are fo­cused on un­der­stand­ing the dy­nam­ics of the slow mov­ing seis­mic struc­ture with a $70,000 grant from EQC’s Bi­en­nial Grants Pro­gramme and a $75,000 EQC Univer­sity Post-Grad­u­ate Grant Pro­gramme. Ec­cles said the re­search was needed as there had not been sig­nif­i­cant sci­en­tific re­search into the seis­mic area since the 1980’s.

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