Welcome to GeoNet - the official source of geological hazard information for New Zealand.
M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake: for more information read Latest Updates and Scenarios and Probabilities.

M7.8 Kaikoura Earthquake

  • Latest Updates

    We are getting more information from our science reconnaissance teams and are sifting through the mountains of data to develop a better picture of this earthquake. We have new information about the fault ruptures, and have initial estimates on which faults were involved.

  • Scenarios and Probabilities

    In terms of what might happen next the scenarios and probabilities provide an overview of how we see this earthquake sequence evolving over the next few days to one month.

Felt Quakes

This is a list of recent earthquakes that may have been felt in the New Zealand region.

  • Map showing earthquake location.
Intensity weak
NZDTSun, Dec 4 2016, 2:38:42 pm
Depth22 km
Magnitude2.9
Location10 km south-east of Hanmer Springs
Felt it?quake details...

14 mins ago

  • Map showing earthquake location.
Intensity weak
NZDTSun, Dec 4 2016, 2:18:52 pm
Depth40 km
Magnitude3.3
Location15 km east of Kaikoura
Felt it?quake details...

34 mins ago

  • Map showing earthquake location.
Intensity light
NZDTSun, Dec 4 2016, 12:41:06 pm
Depth20 km
Magnitude3.6
Location35 km east of Seddon
Felt it?quake details...

2 hours ago

View more earthquakes

Volcanic Alert Level Summary

Table showing the latest volcanic alert levels. The most active volcanoes are shown first. Volcanic Alert Bulletins are issued whenever there is a significant change in volcanic activity in New Zealand.

VolcanoAlert Level Aviation Colour Code
White Island1GREEN
Ruapehu1GREEN
Mayor Island0GREEN
Northland0GREEN
Okataina0GREEN
Rotorua0GREEN
Auckland Volcanic Field0GREEN
Taranaki/Egmont0GREEN
Ngauruhoe0GREEN
Tongariro0GREEN
Taupo0GREEN
Kermadec Islands0GREEN