List of Earthquakes that Happened in New Zealand

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Get here the list of big earthquakes that happened in New Zealand that had a magnitude of 6.0 or more. The list doesn’t include smaller aftershocks unless they caused a lot of damage or deaths. New Zealand gets lots of earthquakes because it’s located where two big plates of the Earth’s crust meet. Most earthquakes happen in the mountains that run from Fiordland to East Cape. Big earthquakes are less common in the central Alpine Fault.

Wellington is the biggest city at the highest risk of earthquakes in New Zealand. Napier and Hastings are also high-risk cities. The country experiences many earthquakes each year, with some being strong enough to feel. Because of this, New Zealand has strict building rules. Earthquakes have caused damage to buildings in the past, so people learned to use better building methods. New regulations were put in place to make sure buildings were designed to withstand earthquakes.

List of Earthquakes in New Zealand

14 January 1903Alpine FaultSouth Island7.6–8.3
230 December 1903Wellington RegionWellington825 km
31610–20Alpine FaultSouth Island7.6–8.3
412 September 1904Alpine FaultSouth Island8.1
519 December 1904New PlymouthTaranaki725 km
621 December 1904FiordlandSouth Island725 km
730 December 1904FiordlandSouth Island825 km
88 January 1905South AucklandAuckland725 km
911 January 1905Waitotara ForestManawatu725 km
1026 May 1840ParaparaumuWellington625 km
118 July 1843Near TaihapeManawatu7.612 km
1213 July 1846Snares IslandsSouthland6.325 km
1319 November 1846KarameaWest Coast6.525 km
144 December 1846WellingtonWellington625 km
1516 October 1848BlenheimMarlborough7.412 km
1627 July 1851MotuekaTasman625 km
1723 January 1855Lake WairarapaWairarapa8.233 km
1823 February 1863WaipukurauHawke’s Bay7.525 km
1919 October 1868Cape FarewellTasman7.212 km
205 June 1869ChristchurchCanterbury4.7–5.75 km
2126 February 1876OamaruOtago5.812 km
2218 July 1876Palmerston NorthManawatu6.850 km
2325 June 1881Palmerston NorthManawatu6.733 km
245 December 1881Castle Hill[37]Canterbury612 km
251 September 1888Lewis PassCanterbury712 km
2623 June 1891W of Port WaikatoWaikato6.212 km
2712 February 1893NelsonTasman Bay6.770 km
2818 August 1895TaupoBay of Plenty612 km
298 December 1897WanganuiManawatu6.540 km
3016 November 1901CheviotNorth Canterbury6.812 km
319 August 1904Cape TurnagainHawke’s Bay716 km
3212 April 1913MastertonWairarapa5.612 km
337 October 1914East CapeGisborne6.612 km
3422 November 1914Mayor IslandBay of Plenty7.3300 km
351 May 1917Raoul IslandKermadec Islands850 km
366 August 1917TinuiWairarapa6.812 km
373 November 1918Puysegur TrenchSouth of New Zealand6.850 km
3829 June 1921Kaweka ForestHawke’s Bay780 km
3925 December 1922MotunauNorth Canterbury6.420 km
4017 October 1926Ahimanawa RangeHawke’s Bay680 km
419 March 1929Arthur’s PassCanterbury711 km
4217 June 1929MurchisonWest Coast7.39 km
4323 June 1929MurchisonWest Coast6.514 km
4412 February 1930PorangahauHawke’s Bay6.233 km
453 February 1931North of NapierHawke’s Bay7.420 km
4613 February 1931East of NapierHawke’s Bay7.316 km
477 May 1931GisborneGisborne612 km
4822 September 1931Raukumara RangeBay of Plenty680 km
495 March 1932White IslandBay of Plenty630 km
5016 September 1932WairoaHawke’s Bay6.98 km
515 March 1934PahiatuaManawatu7.212 km
5215 March 1934WairoaHawke’s Bay6.325 km
5324 May 1936WhakataneBay of Plenty6.5150 km
5417 December 1938Charles SoundSouthland747 km
5511 February 1939FiordlandSouthland725 km
5626 February 1940HastingsHawke’s Bay625 km
5724 June 1942MastertonWairarapa6.912 km
581 August 1942MastertonWairarapa6.840 km
592 December 1942MasteronWairarapa620 km
6017 February 1943Te AnauSouthland6.236 km
618 May 1943WanakaOtago5.950 km
622 August 1943Te AnauSouthland6.133 km
632 September 1945Puysegur BankSouthland6.512 km
6427 June 1946Lake ColeridgeCanterbury6.59 km
6526 March 1947Offshore Poverty BayGisborne5.915 km
6617 May 1947Offshore Tolaga BayGisborne5.615 km
6728 August 1947Offshore Mahia PeninsulaGisborne6.37 km
6813 October 1947Jackson BayWest Coast6.218 km
6923 May 1948WaiauNorth Canterbury6.44 km
709 February 1949HaweraTaranaki6.4199 km
7111 January 1951CheviotNorth Canterbury5.512 km
7210 February 1951PorangahauHawke’s Bay6.133 km
7328 March 1951White IslandBay of Plenty6.4394 km
7423 April 1951Cape RunawayBay of Plenty6.280 km
7524 June 1951Toaroa JunctionManawatu6.333 km
7628 August 1952PorangahauHawke’s Bay5.812 km
7729 September 1953TaurangaBay of Plenty7.2273 km
7827 February 1955Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.818 km
7930 January 1956White IslandBay of Plenty5.912 km
8029 December 1956MatawaiGisborne6.333 km
8131 January 1958Ashley ClintonHawke’s Bay6.112 km
8210 December 1958Mayor IslandBay of Plenty6.1285 km
8314 September 1959Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.835 km
8428 March 1960MokauTaranaki6.6237 km
8528 March 1960MokauTaranaki6.5209 km
8625 May 1960Milford SoundSouthland6.312 km
874 February 1961TaurangaBay of Plenty6309 km
8827 December 1961MartinboroughWellington6.212 km
8910 May 1962WestportWest Coast5.67 km
9023 December 1962PeriaNorthland4.812 km
9118 December 1963Raoul IslandsKermadec Islands7.735 km
9211 April 1965KaikouraNorth Canterbury6.112 km
9321 May 1965George SoundSouthland6.4101 km
949 December 1965Cape RunawayBay of Plenty6.5190 km
954 March 1966GisborneEast Cape633 km
9623 April 1966Cook StraitMarlborough5.812 km
9724 May 1968Inangahua JunctionWest Coast6.712 km
9825 September 1968Solander TroughSouthland5.912 km
999 January 1972Te ArohaWaikato5.312 km
1005 January 1973TaumarunuiKing Country7163 km
1019 April 1974DunedinOtago4.912 km
1025 November 1974OpunakeTaranaki612 km
1035 May 1976Milford SoundSouthland6.612 km
10415 January 1976Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.843 km
10515 January 1976Raoul IslandKermadec Islands8.231 km
10628 October 1976Te PukeBay of Plenty4.912 km
10718 January 1977Cook StraitMarlborough633 km
10812 October 1979Puysegur TrenchSouth of New Zealand6.512 km
1098 March 1984MatawaiBay of Plenty6.475 km
11025 June 1984Macauley RiverCanterbury5.912 km
11131 December 1984White IslandBay of Plenty6.312 km
11226 September 1985Kermadec TrenchKermadec Islands733 km
11321 October 1986Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.729 km
1142 March 1987EdgecumbeBay of Plenty6.110 km
1159 March 1987Pegasus BayCanterbury5.230 km
1164 June 1988Te AnauSouthland6.173 km
11724 May 1989Puysegur TrenchSouth of New Zealand8.2
11831 May 1989Doubtful SoundSouthland6.123 km
11910 February 1990Lake TennysonNorth Canterbury5.88 km
12019 February 1990WeberManawatu5.923 km
12113 May 1990WeberManawatu6.211 km
12228 January 1991Buller RangesWest Coast6.110 km
12329 January 1991Buller RangesWest Coast6.317.3 km
1249 September 1991South Taranaki BightManawatu6.386 km
12527 May 1992Wairau ValleyMarlborough6.879 km
12621 June 1992White IslandBay of Plenty6.15 km
12711 April 1993TikokinoHawke’s Bay6.125 km
12810 August 1993Secretary IslandSouthland6.722 km
12910 August 1993OrmondEast Cape6.339 km
13018 June 1994Arthur’s PassCanterbury6.74 km
13119 June 1994Lake ColeridgeCanterbury6.15 km
1326 February 1995Offshore East CapeGisborne715 km
13310 February 1995NE of New ZealandEast Cape6.612 km
13424 November 1995Arthur’s PassCanterbury6.37 km
13525 May 1997Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.9339 km
13620 April 1998TaumarunuiKing Country6.7232 km
13725 October 1999TaupoWaikato7160 km
13815 August 2000L’Esperance RockKermadec Islands7.6436 km
1391 November 2000FiordlandSouthland6.29 km
14021 August 2001NE of New ZealandEast Cape7.133 km
14121 October 2001NE of New ZealandEast Cape6.312 km
1428 December 2001HaastWest Coast6.25 km
14322 August 2003FiordlandSouthland724 km
14418 July 2004Lake RotomāBay of Plenty5.15 km
14522 November 2004Puysegur TrenchSouth of New Zealand7.112 km
14624 December 2004Macquarie RidgeSouth of New Zealand8.135 km
14714 March 2005W of New ZealandBtw. Taranaki & Tasman6.4154 km
14816 May 2006L’Esperance RockKermadec Islands7.5150 km
14916 May 2006Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.133 km
15016 October 2007FiordlandSouthland6.75 km
1519 December 2007Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.8152 km
15220 December 2007GisborneEast Cape6.744 km
15325 August 2008HastingsHawke’s Bay5.932 km
15415 July 2009Puysegur TrenchSouth of New Zealand6.133 km
15515 July 2009Dusky SoundSouthland7.812 km
1564 September 2010DarfieldCanterbury7.111 km
15722 February 2011ChristchurchCanterbury6.36 km
15813 June 2011ChristchurchCanterbury6.47 km
1595 July 2011TaupoWaikato6.5153 km
1607 July 2011Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.620 km
16122 October 2011Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.333 km
16223 December 2011ChristchurchCanterbury67 km
16321 July 2013Cook StraitMarlborough6.517 km
16416 August 2013Lake GrassmereMarlborough6.68 km
16516 August 2013Lake GrassmereMarlborough68 km
16620 January 2014EketahunaWairarapa6.234 km
16713 October 2014FiordlandSouthland6.29 km
16814 October 2014NE of WhakataneBay of Plenty6.582 km
16917 November 2014NE of GisborneGisborne6.522 km
1706 January 2015W of Arthur’s PassCanterbury65 km
17124 April 2015SE of St ArnaudMarlborough6.252 km
1724 May 2015W of WanakaOtago6.24 km
1732 February 2016E of Macauley IslandKermadec Islands6.6366 km
17414 February 2016ChristchurchCanterbury5.715 km
1752 September 2016NE of East CapeEast Cape7.155 km
17614 November 2016CulverdenNorth Canterbury7.815 km
17730 October 2018SW of TaumarunuiManawatū-Whanganui6.5207 km
17819 June 2020SE of L’Esperance RockKermadec Islands7.410 km
1795 March 2021East of East CapeGisborne790 km
1805 March 2021S of Raoul IslandKermadec Islands7.456 km
1815 March 2021S of Raoul IslandKermadec Islands8.119 km
1826 March 2021NE of GisborneGisborne6.39 km
18320 June 2021S of Raoul IslandKermadec Islands6.525 km
1842 March 2022S of Raoul IslandKermadec Islands6.624 km
18515 February 2023NW of ParaparaumuKapiti Coast6.148 km

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