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Earthquake Map of New Zealand

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Earthquake faults in New Zealand. Click the map to see a volcanic map of New Zealand.

New Zealand is sometimes called the Shaky Isles. The country lies on the Ring of Fire which means it is a hotspot for earthquakes. There are aroung 20,000 earthquakes annually, most are small, but the country gets its share of big quakes too. High risk faults in New Zealand include the Alpine Fault, Wairararapa Fault, Wellington Fault, and Napier Fault.

The deadliest earthquake in New Zealand was the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake, (Napier earthquake) which claimed 256 lives followed by the June 2011 Christchurch earthquake which claimed 181 lives. The massive 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake in 2016 only claimed two lives due to being located mostly a rural area and striking in the earlier hours of the morning.

Top 50 New Zealand earthquakes

Earthquakes ranked by magnitude on the Richter scale.

MagnitudeLocationYear
8.3 Kermadec Islands 21 Oct 1986 
8.2Kermadec Islands 15 Jan 1976 
8.2Wairarapa 23 Jan 1855 
8.2Puysegur Trench 24 May 1989 
8.1Puysegur Trench 24 Dec 2004 
8.0Alpine Fault 1717 
8.0Alpine Fault 1610-20
8.0Alpine Fault 1100 
8.0Wellington1450
7.8Kaikoura 14 Nov 2016 
7.8Fiordland 15 Jul 2009 
7.8Murchison 17 Jun 1929 
7.8Hawke's Bay 3 Feb 1931 
7.6Pahiatua 05 Mar 1934 
7.6Kermadec Islands 07 Jul 2011 
7.5Hawke's Bay 23 Feb 1863 
7.5Marlborough 16 Oct 1848 
7.5Cape Farewell 19 Oct 1868 
7.5Fiordland 1826
7.4 Kermadec Islands 22 Oct 2011 
7.3Hawke's Bay 13 Feb 1931 
7.2Fiordland22 Aug 2003 
7.2Fiordland24 Jun 1942 
7.2Wairarapa 24 Jun 1942 
7.1Darfield, Canterbury 04 Sep 2010 
7.1Inangahua Junction 24 May 1968 
7.1Arthur's Pass 09 Mar 1929 
7.1North Canterbury 01 Sep 1888 
7.0Kermadec Islands 30 Sep 2008 
7.0East Cape 06 Feb 1995 
7.0Wairarapa 02 Aug 1942 
7.0Wanganui 08 Jul 1843 
6.9Cheviot 16 Nov 1901 
6.9Nelson 12 Feb 1893 
6.8Gisborne 20 Dec 2007 
6.8Arthur's Pass 15 Oct 2007 
6.8Secretary Island 10 Aug 1993 
6.7George Sound 18 Oct 2007 
6.7Arthur's Pass 18 Jun 1994 
6.7Te Anau, Fiordland 04 Jun 1988 
6.5Taupo 05 Jul 2011 
6.5Edgecumbe 07 Mar 1987 
6.4Christchurch 13 Jun 2011 
6.4White Island 29 Sep 2010 
6.4Weber 13 May 1990 
6.4Motunau 25 Dec 1922 
6.3 Christchurch 13 Jun 2011 
6.3 Christchurch 22 Feb 2011 
6.2Lake Coleridge 26 Jun 1946 
6.2NE of New Zealand 18 Nov 2011 
6.0NE of New Zealand 15 Sep 2011 

  

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