Story: Historic earthquakes

Darfield earthquake

This magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred near the town of Darfield in central Canterbury on 4 September 2010. The epicentre was only about 10 kilometres deep, which resulted in strong ground shaking. It was also very close (around 37 kilometres) to Christchurch – the South Island’s largest city.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 2010 Canterbury (Darfield) earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2020)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017