GisborneEarthquakes happen every day in New Zealand. Instruments record the ground shaking from over 14,000 earthquakes in and around the country each year. Most are too small to be noticed, but between 150 and 200 are big enough to be felt. On a world scale, seismicity (earthquake activity) in New Zealand varies from moderate to very high. Wellington lies in one of the most active of New Zealand’s seismic regions and Auckland in one of the least active. Christchurch and Dunedin are in areas of intermediate activity.

What are earthquakes and what causes them?

Earthquakes in the Waikato

What damage can earthquakes do?

How can I protect myself in an earthquake?

Protect your property

What to do during an earthquake

What to do after an earthquake

Earthquake and community education

Earthquake fiction and facts

April 2011 liquefaction seminar presentations:

Click here for "Aspects of New Zealands Natural Hazards" introduction.

Click here for "Tonkin and Taylor Darfield and Christchurch Earthquakes" presentation.