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February 22 at 12:51 pm (2011-02-0 00:51 UTC)

Many Society members are active in the response and recovery from the Christchurch Earthquakes. More information is available at the NZSEE Clearinghouse.

Past major earthquakes

A M7.1 earthquake struck the east of the South Island on Saturday, September 4 at 04:35 (2010-10-03 16:35 UTC). The epicentre was located approximately 40 km west of the Christchurch CBD, at a depth of 10 km. There was widespread damage due to liquefaction in Christchurch and nearby townships, but the only significant structural damage was to unreinforced masonry structures. Canterbury has been in a recovery phase since 16 September.

The NZSEE Clearinghouse has a large number of reports, photographs and other resources about the event. For more information about the Earthquake itself, please visit the GeoNet website.

December 2010 Special Edition Bulletin on the Preliminary Observations of the Darfield (Canterbury) Earthquake Sequence

NZSEE Members can download papers from the Special Edition Bulletin from our archive (Please contact the EO for password).

Additional hard copies of the Special Edition Bulletin are also available for purchase at our secure website.