M 7.1 East Cape Fri, Sep 2 2016

At 4.37 a.m., on the 2 September 2016, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck off the northern East Coast of North Island, 125 north-east of Te Araroa.


M 6.2 Eketahuna Mon, Jan 20 2014

This quake was widely felt in both islands. Strong shaking was reported as far as Palmerston North and Masterton.


M 6.6 Lake Grassmere Fri, Aug 16 2013

This earthquake followed the magnitude 6.5 Cook Strait earthquake on 21st July. It caused damage to buildings on both sides of Cook Strait.


M 6.5 Cook Strait Sun, Jul 21 2013

This earthquake followed two earlier shakes of magnitude 5.7 and 5.8 in the previous two days. It caused damage to buildings on both sides of Cook Strait.


M 6.2 Christchurch Tue, Feb 22 2011

The city of Christchurch experienced a major earthquake centred south of the city; severe damage and casualties occurred.


M 7.2 Darfield (Canterbury) Sat, Sep 4 2010

The Darfield earthquake caused severe building damage in mid-Canterbury, particularly to the city of Christchurch. It revealed the existence of a hidden west-east fault under the gravels of the Canterbury Plains.


M7.8 Dusky Sound Wed, Jul 15 2009

The earthquake which struck the Fiordland region in the evening of Wednesday 15 July was the biggest since the Buller and Hawke's Bay earthquakes of 1929 and 1931.


M 6.7 Gisborne Thu, Dec 20 2007

A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck at 8:55 pm on Thursday 20 December. Located offshore, it caused damage to chimneys and buildings at several places along the East Coast, particularly in the Gisborne CBD.


M 6.7 George Sound Tue, Oct 16 2007

The lower South Island once again felt the tremors from a large earthquake off the coast of Fiordland in the vicinity of George Sound. The magnitude 6.7 quake struck at 1:29 am on Tuesday 16 October.


M 5.4 Lake Rotoma Sun, Jul 18 2004

This earthquake shook up the Bay of Plenty area in July 2004.


M 7.2 Fiordland Fri, Aug 22 2003

This severe earthquake generated over 200 landslides and several small-scale tsunami on the South Island's west coast.


M 6.8 Secretary Island Tue, Aug 10 1993

The 1993 Secretary Island earthquake was reportedly felt as far away as Sydney, Australia.


M 6.4 Weber II Sun, May 13 1990

This earthquake was the second large shock to strike the Weber region in 1990, occurring 12 weeks after its predecessor.


M 5.9 Lake Tennyson Sat, Feb 10 1990

This earthquake occurred in North Canterbury near Lake Tennyson.


M 6.7 Te Anau Sat, Jun 4 1988

The earthquake that shook Te Anau in June 1988 triggered numerous landslides, and even cut the power to some southern towns.


M 6.5 Edgecumbe Mon, Mar 2 1987

The shallow origin of this earthquake made it very destructive.


M 4.6 Waiotapu, Thu, Dec 15 1983

This earthquake reached its greatest intensities around Waiotapu and the Waikite Valley.


M 5.7 Napier-Taradale Mon, Oct 6 1980

This earthquake was felt most strongly in the Napier and Taradale regions.


M 5.1 Waikato Sun, Dec 5 1976

This earthquake struck the rural area around Korakonui, near the Waikato River.


M 7.1 Inangahua Fri, May 24 1968

The 1968 Inangahua earthquake caused widespread damage and was felt over much of the country.


M 5.8 Seddon Sat, Apr 23 1966

This shock was centered near Cape Campbell, but was felt as far away as Hokitika and Taranaki.


M 6.8 Wairarapa II Sun, Aug 2 1942

The shock that struck the Wairarapa Region on 2 August was nearly as severe as the disastrous 24 June earthquake 5 weeks earlier.


M 6.9 Wairarapa I Wed, Jun 24 1942

This earthquake severely rocked the lower North Island on June 24 1942, causing extensive damage to local buildings.


M 7.2 Horoeka Mon, Mar 5 1934

The 1934 Horoeka (Pahiatua) earthquake shook the lower North Island on 5 March 1934 and was felt as far away as Auckland and Dunedin.


M 7.4 Hawke’s Bay Tue, Feb 3 1931

The 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake caused the largest loss of life and most extensive damage of any quake in New Zealand’s recorded history.


M 7.3 Buller (Murchison) Mon, Jun 17 1929

The massive rumbling of the 1929 Buller earthquake was heard as far away as New Plymouth.


M 7.0 Arthur's Pass Sat, Mar 9 1929

This earthquake toppled chimneys and furniture in the Arthur's Pass area.


M 7.0 North Canterbury Sat, Sep 1 1888

In 1888 the Amuri District was shaken by a large earthquake that reached intensities of MM 9.


M 7.2 Cape Farewell Mon, Oct 19 1868

This earthquake caused damage to houses and roads around the Farewell Spit area.


M 8.2 Wairarapa Tue, Jan 23 1855

The 1855 earthquake is the most severe earthquake to have occurred in New Zealand since systematic European colonisation began in 1840.


M 7.4 Marlborough Mon, Oct 16 1848

The earthquake that shook Marlborough on Monday, 16 October 1848 was the largest in a series of earthquakes to hit the region that year.