New Zealand Geological Events

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Mount Ruapehu Eruption

25 September 1995 - 26 September 1995

Mount Ruapehu had been showing signs of activity for 4 months and it finally erupted on 25 September 1995 closing airports all over the North island.

White Island Eruptions

27 July 2000 - 28 July 2000

Eruptions blanketed the island in mud and volcanic rock and a new crater appeared.

Fiordland 7.2 Earthquake

22 August 2003 12:12am - 22 August 2003 12:13am

The severe earthquake generated over 200 landslides and a small scale tsunami.

Lake Rotoma 5.4 Earthquake

18 July 2004 4:22pm - 18 July 2004 4:23pm

The earthquake shook up the Bay of Plenty.

Mount Ruapehu Lahar

18 March 2007 - 19 March 2007

A tephra dam which had been holding back crater lack burst, sending a lahar down the mountain. 1.4 million cubic meters of mud, rock and water thundered down the Whangaehu river.

Mount Ruapehu Eruption

25 September 2007 8:20pm - 25 September 2007 8:27pm

A hydrothermal eruption occurred without warning.

George Sound 6.7 Earthquake

16 October 2007 1:28am - 16 October 2007 1:29am

The lower South island felt the tremors of a earthquake off the coast of Fiordland

Gisborne 6.7 Earthquake

20 December 2007 8:55 - 20 December 2007 8:56

The offshore event caused buildings to collapse in the CBD

Mount Ruapehu Warning

2 May 2008 - 21 July 2008

A level one warning was issued after a GNS scientist found irregular signs of volcanic activity.

Dusky Sound 7.8 Earthquake

15 July 2009 9:22 - 15 July 2009 9:23

The biggest earthquake in 80 years

Canterbury 7.1 Earthquake

4 September 2010 4:35am - 4 September 2010 4:36am

Caused severe building damage, it revealed the west east fault line under the Canterbury plains.

Christchurch 6.3 Earthquake

22 February 2011 12:51pm - 22 February 2011 12:52pm

The city of Christchurch experienced a major earthquake centered south of the city. 185 casualties.

Mount Ruapehu Warning

5 April 2011 - 6 April 2011

The aviation colour code was raised from green to yellow because of unusually high water temperatures under the crater.

White Island Eruption

5 August 2012 - 6 August 2012

A minor eruption occurred sending ash into the air.

Mount Tongariro Eruption

August 6 2012 11:50pm - August 6 2012 11:51pm

Mount Tongariro erupted after months of increased activity. The eruption occurred at the Te Māri craters.

Mount Ruapehu Warning

16 November 2012 - 17 November 2012

A GNS scientist warned that the pressure beneath the crater was likely building up and that a eruption was expected.