Earthquakes in New ZealandIn New Zealand, there are very strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences. Earthquakes with a magnitude of over 8.0 destroy numerous houses within a radius of several hundred kilometers and are causing great damage and devastation. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.
Since 1950, more than 190 people have been killed by the direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 27 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.
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Most recent eventsThis list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around New Zealand by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11 am UTC.
- Jan. 30, 3:48 amMagnitude 4.0: south of the Kermadec Islands at a depth of 348.21 km.
- Jan. 30, 1:57 amMagnitude 4.9: Kermadec Islands at a depth of 40.92 km.
- Jan. 30, 12:06 pmMagnitude 4.3: 44 km north-northwest of Oxford at a depth of 15.14 km.
- Jan. 26, 4:07 amMagnitude 4.4: Kermadec Islands at a depth of 35 km.
- Jan. 25, 8:13 pmMagnitude 5.0: Kermadec Islands at a depth of ten km.
- Jan. 25, 3:09 pmMagnitude 5.0: Kermadec Islands at a depth of 37.76 km.
- Jan. 23, 11:15 amMagnitude 4.3: 15 km northeast of Rotorua at a depth of 208.95 km.
- Jan. 20, 12:41 pmMagnitude 5.4: Kermadec Islands at a depth of ten km.
- Jan. 18, 6:02 pmMagnitude 4.6: Kermadec Islands at a depth of ten km.
Earthquakes in New Zealand since 1950The strongest earthquake in New Zealand happened on 10/20/1986 in the Raoul region with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
|01/29/2022||Kermadec Islands||10 km||6.5||0|
|03/04/2021||South Of, Raoul||55 km||7.4||0|
|03/04/2021||Sse Of Raoul Island||19 km||8.1||0|
|06/18/2020||South Of, Raoul||10 km||7.4||0|
|06/15/2019||South Of, Raoul||34 km||7.2||0|
|06/23/2014||Sse Of Raoul Island||34 km||6.9||0|
|01/20/2014||Wellington, Manawatu-Wanganui||35 km||6.1||0|
|08/16/2013||Wellington, Marlborough||47 km||6.5||0|
|07/21/2013||Cook Strait||31 km||6.5||0|
|12/23/2011||South Island (Christchurch)||38 km||5.8||0|
|12/03/2011||Cook Strait||10 km||5.3||0|
|10/21/2011||Kermadec Islands||16 km||7.4||0|
|07/06/2011||Kermadec Islands||18 km||7.6||0|
|06/13/2011||South Island (Canterbury)||49 km||6.0||1|
|02/21/2011||Christchurch, Lyttelton||42 km||6.1||181|
|09/07/2010||South Island (Canterbury)||57 km||5.0||0|
|09/06/2010||North Island (Porangahau)||33 km||5.1||0|
|09/06/2010||South Island (Christchurch)||1 km||5.0||0|
|07/15/2009||Off West Coast Of South Island||29 km||7.8||0|
|08/25/2008||North Island||19 km||5.5||0|
|12/20/2007||Off Coast North Island||15 km||6.6||1|
|12/09/2007||Kermadec Islands||20 km||7.8||0|
|10/15/2007||South Island (Fiordland)||36 km||6.8||0|
|09/30/2007||Auckland Islands||34 km||7.4||0|
|01/20/2005||North Island||30 km||5.3||0|
|11/22/2004||Invercargill, Southland, Otago||23 km||7.1||0|
|07/18/2004||North Island (Rotorua, Tauranga)||22 km||5.4||1|
|08/21/2003||Dunedin, invercargill, te Anau, fiordland||49 km||7.2||0|
|02/05/1995||North Island; S Island (Christchurch)||5 km||7.1||0|
|06/18/1994||South Island (Christchurch)||15 km||6.8||0|
|06/18/1993||Kermadec Islands||54 km||6.6||0|
|09/08/1991||Wellington, Wanganui||30 km||5.6||0|
|05/13/1990||Dannevirke, Wellington||9 km||6.3||0|
|03/02/1987||North Island, Whakatani, Edgecumbe||34 km||6.6||1|
|05/25/1981||West Of North Island||14 km||7.6||0|
|10/05/1980||Gisborne, Hawera, Eastbourne, Napier||49 km||5.6||0|
|10/12/1979||West Of North Island||22 km||7.5||0|
|02/09/1978||South Of||12 km||7.7||0|
|01/14/1976||Kermadec Islands||34 km||7.8||0|
|01/14/1976||Kermadec Islands||33 km||8.0||0|
|02/21/1973||Hawkes Bay||23 km||5.1||0|
|07/25/1968||South Of, Raoul||7 km||7.3||0|
|05/23/1968||South Island (Nw Coast)||7.1||3|
|03/14/1950||N. New Zealand||41 km||5.8||0|
These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.