Important historic earthquakes in New Zealand

Last update: April 29, 2014 at 11:08 pm by By

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Gisborne, New Zealand Mar 21 11:58 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Mar 19 11:38 5.1 13 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kaikoura, New Zealand Mar 19 01:08 4.3 19 MAP I Felt It
EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Mar 19 01:08 4.1 19 MAP I Felt It
EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Mar 18 20:09 4.4 45 MAP I Felt It
USGS East Of The North Island Of New Zealand Mar 16 19:37 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON South Island, New Zealand Mar 15 00:23 4.6 146 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Te Anau, New Zealand Mar 15 00:23 4.5 130 MAP I Felt It
EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Mar 15 00:23 4.5 135 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Mar 14 18:59 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Mar 14 18:16 5.3 31 MAP I Felt It
EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Mar 12 10:14 4.6 32 MAP I Felt It
EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Mar 11 21:54 4.6 29 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Mar 11 17:10 5.7 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Mar 11 17:10 5.6 34 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Mar 11 17:10 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kaikoura, New Zealand Mar 11 05:58 4.4 50 MAP I Felt It
EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Mar 11 05:58 4.4 50 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON South Island, New Zealand Mar 10 06:45 4.5 29 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kaikoura, New Zealand Mar 10 06:45 4.2 27 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Mar 10 06:45 4.6 30 MAP I Felt It
  • Kaikoura - Loud bang from wall and bed shaking.
  • USGS Kaikoura, New Zealand Mar 09 16:00 4.3 44 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Mar 09 16:00 4.3 44 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Island, New Zealand Mar 09 16:00 4.3 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gisborne, New Zealand Mar 07 11:03 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Mar 06 19:29 4.8 8 MAP I Felt It
    USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Mar 06 19:25 4.9 384 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Blenheim, New Zealand Mar 04 07:27 4.3 19 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cook Strait, New Zealand Mar 04 07:27 4.3 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Napier, New Zealand Mar 02 16:53 4.5 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Amberley, New Zealand Mar 01 19:01 5.0 8 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Mar 01 19:01 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Amberley, New Zealand Mar 01 16:17 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Mar 01 16:17 4.7 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Feb 28 21:19 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Amberley, New Zealand Feb 28 21:19 4.5 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Feb 25 15:14 4.9 53 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Feb 24 16:39 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Feb 24 16:39 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Feb 24 16:39 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Feb 23 13:35 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Oxford, New Zealand Feb 23 13:35 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Island, New Zealand Feb 23 13:35 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gisborne, New Zealand Feb 20 07:53 4.9 32 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Amberley, New Zealand Feb 20 01:16 4.5 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Feb 20 01:16 4.5 37 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Feb 11 20:18 4.9 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Amberley, New Zealand Feb 11 20:18 4.9 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Feb 09 08:27 4.5 42 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Opotiki, New Zealand Feb 06 15:43 5.0 33 MAP I Felt It INFO

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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