Latest earthquakes near New Zealand today

Complete overview of the latest earthquakes near the country New Zealand, updated every minute. Did you feel an earthquake today in New Zealand? If an earthquake is happening right now near New Zealand (also known as Aotearoa), it will show up within minutes.

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List of latest earthquakes near New Zealand.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
May 26, 2024 18:39
(Auckland)
M 3.1 135 km NW
from Invercargill
May 26, 2024 15:14
(Auckland)
M 3.1 82 km N
from Gisborne
May 26, 2024 12:56
(Auckland)
M 3.4 152 km NE
from Tauranga
May 26, 2024 09:03
(Auckland)
M 3.8 125 km E
from Tauranga
May 26, 2024 04:04
(Auckland)
M 3.0 9 km S
from Hastings
May 26, 2024 02:31
(Auckland)
M 3.2 217 km NE
from Gisborne
May 25, 2024 16:36
(Auckland)
M 3.1 89 km ENE
from New Plymouth
May 25, 2024 09:06
(Auckland)
M 3.0 282 km ENE
from Auckland
May 24, 2024 09:21
(Auckland)
M 3.1 74 km SSE
from Tauranga
May 23, 2024 23:28
(Auckland)
M 3.4 81 km NE
from Tauranga
May 23, 2024 20:18
(Auckland)
M 3.9 60 km ENE
from Gisborne
May 23, 2024 08:38
(Auckland)
M 3.3 38 km SSW
from Tauranga
May 23, 2024 03:48
(Auckland)
M 3.2 70 km S
from New Plymouth
May 23, 2024 02:42
(Auckland)
M 3.8 77 km NNE
from Christchurch
May 23, 2024 01:36
(Auckland)
M 3.9 26 km N
from Wellington
May 23, 2024 01:22
(Auckland)
M 3.2 55 km SE
from New Plymouth
May 22, 2024 18:42
(Auckland)
M 3.3 13 km NE
from Hastings
May 22, 2024 18:38
(Auckland)
M 3.4 17 km ENE
from Hastings
May 22, 2024 16:25
(Auckland)
M 3.0 144 km NW
from Invercargill
May 22, 2024 12:11
(Auckland)
M 3.4 66 km E
from Palmerston North
May 21, 2024 18:50
(Auckland)
M 3.1 74 km W
from Palmerston North
May 21, 2024 13:52
(Auckland)
M 4.0 140 km WNW
from Auckland
May 21, 2024 11:56
(Auckland)
M 3.3 287 km NE
from Tauranga
May 20, 2024 04:00
(Auckland)
M 3.5 220 km WSW
from Invercargill
May 20, 2024 03:25
(Auckland)
M 3.3 148 km NW
from Wellington

Map of Latest Earthquakes near New Zealand

New Zealand Earthquake Statistics

Average Earthquakes:
230 Yearly
Within 300 km, Mag 4+, last 10 years
Latest Earthquake:
Mag 3.1
May 26, 2024 18:39

Average

A total of 2309 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or above have struck within 300 km (186 mi) of New Zealand in the past 10 years. This comes down to a yearly average of 230 earthquakes per year, or 19 per month. On average an earthquake will hit near New Zealand roughly every 1 days.

A relatively large number of earthquakes occurred near New Zealand in 2016. A total of 676 earthquakes (mag 4+) were detected within 300 km of New Zealand that year. The strongest had a 7.8 magnitude.

Yearly Earthquakes within 300 km (186 mi) of New Zealand with a magnitude of 4 or above.

Magnitude Distribution

The table below visualizes the distribution of all earthquakes that occurred within 300km of New Zealand in the past 10 years. No earthquakes with a magnitude of 8 or above have occurred near New Zealand during this time. Usually, higher magnitudes are less common than lower magnitudes. Small earthquakes with a magnitude below 4 on the Richter scale have been omitted from this overview.

Earthquakes by magnitude near New Zealand (past 10 years).
Magnitude Earthquakes Percentage
Mag. 4 2092 90.6%
Mag. 5 203 8.79%
Mag. 6 11 0.48%
Mag. 7 3 0.13%
Mag. 8 0 0.0%
Mag. 9 0 0.0%
Mag. 10 0 0.0%

Strongest earthquakes near New Zealand

Strongest in 10 years:
Mag 7.8
On Nov 14, 2016 00:02.
Strongest since 1900:
Mag 7.8
On Nov 14, 2016 00:02.

The strongest recent earthquake of the past 10 years near New Zealand occurred on Nov 14, 2016 00:02 local time (Pacific/Auckland timezone). It had a magnitude of 7.8 and struck 95 kilometers (59 mi) north-northeast of Christchurch, at a depth of 15 km. Discover more strong earthquakes near New Zealand in the list below.

In the table below you will find the strongest earthquakes that occurred near New Zealand in the past 10 years. You can use the tabs to find the heaviest historic earthquakes since the year 1900 or within a specific year or distance from New Zealand.

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List of strongest earthquakes near New Zealand.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
Nov 14, 2016 00:02
(Auckland)
M 7.8 95 km NNE
from Christchurch
Mar 5, 2021 02:27
(Auckland)
M 7.3 182 km NE
from Gisborne
Sep 2, 2016 04:37
(Auckland)
M 7.0 175 km NE
from Gisborne
Nov 17, 2014 11:33
(Auckland)
M 6.7 183 km NE
from Gisborne
Nov 14, 2016 00:32
(Auckland)
M 6.5 147 km SW
from Wellington
Nov 14, 2016 13:34
(Auckland)
M 6.5 115 km NNE
from Christchurch
Mar 6, 2021 13:16
(Auckland)
M 6.3 184 km NE
from Gisborne
Nov 14, 2016 02:31
(Auckland)
M 6.2 145 km SW
from Wellington
Nov 14, 2016 00:52
(Auckland)
M 6.1 138 km SW
from Wellington
Apr 5, 2021 19:37
(Auckland)
M 6.1 195 km NE
from Gisborne

Map of Strongest Earthquakes near New Zealand

Earthquakes by region of New Zealand

Click the links below for earthquake reports for regions in New Zealand.

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions are commonly asked in relation to earthquakes occurring near New Zealand.

When was the last earthquake in New Zealand?

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake hit near New Zealand on the evening of May 26, 2024 at 18:39 local time (Pacific/Auckland). The center of this earthquake was located 135km northwest of Invercargill at a depth of 57km under land. Check the list on our website for any earthquakes occurring near New Zealand in the past hours.

What was the strongest earthquake near New Zealand?

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit near New Zealand on the night of November 14, 2016 at 00:02 local time (Pacific/Auckland). The center of this earthquake was located 95km north-northeast of Christchurch at a depth of 15km under land. This is the strongest earthquake that occurred near New Zealand since the year 1900.

How often do earthquakes occur near New Zealand?

In the past 10 years, 2309 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or higher occurred within a 300 kilometer range from New Zealand. This averages to 231 earthquakes yearly, or one earthquake every 2 days.