Story: Earthquakes

Plate boundaries, earthquakes and volcanoes (1st of 2)

This map shows the location of worldwide large earthquakes between 1980 and 1990. Earthquakes occur on plate boundaries, including the boundary between the Pacific and Australian plates, which runs through New Zealand. Also shown are active volcanoes.

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Source: NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research and NGDC/NOAA - National Geophysical Data Centre, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Earthquakes - What causes earthquakes?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017