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Year 12 Physics students: left to right Louisa Kotkamp, Emilie Nicholson, Kayla Millar and Brenna Lyons examining the seismic trace
Photo by Ms C Hillier

Columba's Seismometer

Ms C Hillier —

Our trusty old seismometer has had a few scrapes over the years.

After its circuitry was fried when exposed to Year 10 Science coupled with the Vande Graaff generator, it was relocated to its current residence in the Braemar foyer. There it resides, overlooking the thundering of students travelling between classes. Originally built by Ms Hillier in 2016, it has faithfully captured earthquakes from all over the world.

This week, in the wee small hours of Tuesday morning, some of our Columba community may have felt the shake at home as a magnitude 5.5 quake in Milford Sound rattled the lower South Island.