Cantabrians are no strangers to earthquakes. Straddling two colliding tectonic plates, the land is squeezed and twisted, creating our stunning mountains but also earthquakes. Māori and early pākehā settlers experienced major earthquakes, both before written records and later in 1888, 1901, 1922, 1929 and more recently in 2010/11 and 2016.
Earthquakes in Canterbury have caused widespread ground shaking, fault rupture, (ripping and warping of the land along a fault where it meets the ground surface), liquefaction, landslides and tsunamis.
This map shows all earthquake fault data for the Canterbury region, including mapped fault traces, mapped fault ruptures from the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake, and fault avoidance zones for the Hanmer, Ashley, Greendale and Ostler faults. Click on the map to view feature information or head to the Canterbury Maps website for a closer look at the earthquake fault map.
(Source: GNS, Environment Canterbury and USGS Recent Earthquakes and shake intensity.)
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