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
Mar 4, 2024 07:04
(Auckland)
M 3.1 273 km NE
from Tauranga
Mar 3, 2024 09:11
(Auckland)
M 4.4 90 km NE
from Tauranga
Mar 3, 2024 07:00
(Auckland)
M 4.3 171 km NNW
from Invercargill
Mar 3, 2024 00:31
(Auckland)
M 4.6 33 km ESE
from Tauranga
Mar 2, 2024 16:16
(Auckland)
M 3.1 36 km NE
from Wellington
Mar 2, 2024 11:29
(Auckland)
M 3.4 130 km NE
from Tauranga
Mar 2, 2024 07:43
(Auckland)
M 3.7 227 km NW
from Dunedin
Mar 1, 2024 21:31
(Auckland)
M 3.2 134 km NE
from Tauranga
Feb 29, 2024 20:06
(Auckland)
M 3.1 91 km SSE
from Hamilton
Feb 29, 2024 15:23
(Auckland)
M 3.1 135 km SSE
from Hamilton
Feb 29, 2024 11:45
(Auckland)
M 3.0 120 km S
from Hamilton
Feb 29, 2024 11:34
(Auckland)
M 3.3 17 km ESE
from Tauranga
Feb 29, 2024 05:23
(Auckland)
M 3.3 36 km NE
from Wellington
Feb 29, 2024 05:18
(Auckland)
M 4.2 37 km ENE
from Wellington
Feb 29, 2024 01:51
(Auckland)
M 3.1 21 km NNE
from Gisborne
Feb 28, 2024 13:04
(Auckland)
M 3.7 152 km NW
from Invercargill
Feb 28, 2024 04:23
(Auckland)
M 3.1 54 km SE
from Tauranga
Feb 28, 2024 04:10
(Auckland)
M 3.0 14 km E
from Hastings
Feb 27, 2024 23:47
(Auckland)
M 3.9 63 km E
from Palmerston North
Feb 27, 2024 22:53
(Auckland)
M 3.6 109 km W
from Christchurch
Feb 27, 2024 05:31
(Auckland)
M 3.2 109 km W
from Christchurch
Feb 27, 2024 04:55
(Auckland)
M 3.0 81 km E
from Tauranga
Feb 26, 2024 21:21
(Auckland)
M 4.6 106 km W
from Christchurch
Feb 26, 2024 20:40
(Auckland)
M 4.2 69 km E
from Tauranga
Feb 26, 2024 16:21
(Auckland)
M 3.0 30 km SSE
from Tauranga

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
Mar 4, 2024 07:04

Average

A total of 2303 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 2085 90.53%
Mag. 5 204 8.86%
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 Jul 15, 2009 21:22.

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.

A longer time ago, a MAG-7.8 earthquake struck on Jul 15, 2009 21:22, 155 kilometers (96 mi) north-northeast of Invercargill. It is the strongest earthquake near New Zealand in the past 124 years (Our data goes back to January 1st, 1900).

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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Historic M6+ since 1900
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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
Oct 30, 2018 15:13
(Auckland)
M 6.1 76 km E
from New Plymouth
Sep 2, 2016 05:14
(Auckland)
M 6.1 196 km NNE
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 morning of March 4, 2024 at 07:04 local time (Pacific/Auckland). The center of this earthquake was located 273km north-east of Tauranga at a depth of 173km under water in the South Pacific Ocean. 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 evening of July 15, 2009 at 21:22 local time (Pacific/Auckland). The center of this earthquake was located 155km west-northwest of Invercargill at a depth of 12km under water in the Tasman Sea. 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, 2303 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or higher occurred within a 300 kilometer range from New Zealand. This averages to 230 earthquakes yearly, or one earthquake every 2 days.