Important historic earthquakes in New Zealand

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 Tairua, New Zealand Nov 22 07:42 5.2 22 MAP I Felt It
USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Nov 17 16:44 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Nov 17 16:44 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Nov 17 05:26 5.2 63 MAP I Felt It
USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Nov 17 05:25 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Blenheim, New Zealand Nov 15 15:03 4.3 18 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Cook Strait, New Zealand Nov 15 15:03 4.3 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Nov 14 20:53 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Nov 14 14:18 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Karori, New Zealand Nov 12 10:28 4.5 40 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Cook Strait, New Zealand Nov 12 10:28 4.5 42 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Lower hutt - Felt it just before it peaked. What i could acknowledge as definite earthquake shaking felt like 6 seconds.
  • USGS Whakatane, New Zealand Nov 10 19:20 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Whakatane, New Zealand Oct 31 22:59 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Oct 31 17:35 4.2 338 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Oct 31 17:35 4.2 339 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Whakatane, New Zealand Oct 31 07:36 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Oct 27 06:34 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON South Island, New Zealand Oct 22 04:11 5.0 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kaikoura, New Zealand Oct 22 04:10 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Oct 22 04:10 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Oct 20 10:36 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Oct 20 10:36 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Oct 20 09:56 5.0 70 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Oct 20 09:56 5.2 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Oct 19 22:18 4.7 23 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gisborne, New Zealand Oct 19 07:44 4.6 29 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Oct 07 14:13 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Oct 07 14:13 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Oct 07 14:13 4.9 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Oct 07 08:38 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Oct 07 00:16 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Oct 04 03:22 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Waiouru, New Zealand Oct 03 14:19 4.6 78 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Oct 03 14:19 4.6 79 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Oct 02 11:50 4.3 363 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Tauranga, New Zealand Oct 02 11:50 4.3 354 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Blenheim, New Zealand Oct 02 06:00 4.2 24 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cook Strait, New Zealand Oct 02 06:00 4.2 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Opotiki, New Zealand Sep 30 06:34 5.0 51 MAP I Felt It
    USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Sep 28 22:47 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Gisborne, New Zealand Sep 25 13:39 4.7 23 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Blenheim, New Zealand Sep 20 02:42 5.0 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Auckland Island, New Zealand Sep 20 01:43 6.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Off The East Coast Of The North Island Of New Zealand Sep 19 23:05 4.7 70 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Sep 18 12:11 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Sep 09 20:50 4.7 149 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC South Island Of New Zealand Sep 08 13:09 4.4 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Aug 26 00:39 4.9 52 MAP I Felt It
    USGS East Of The North Island Of New Zealand Aug 23 12:07 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS East Of The North Island Of New Zealand Aug 20 23:37 5.1 10 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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