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2016 Kaikoura earthquake
Date 14 November 2016
Origin time 00:02:56 NZDT
Magnitude 7.8 Mw
Depth 15 km (9 miles)
Epicenter 42°45′25″S 173°04′37″E / 42.757°S 173.077°E / -42.757; 173.077Coordinates: 42°45′25″S 173°04′37″E / 42.757°S 173.077°E / -42.757; 173.077
15 km (9 miles) north-east of Culverden
Areas affected New Zealand
Max. intensity IX (Violent)
Tsunami Yes
Aftershocks > 7,000 (as of 2 December)
Casualties 2 dead
57 treated for injuries
Map of 2016 Kaikoura earthquake
Map of Kaikoura earthquakes
2016 Kaikoura Earthquake ShakeMap
USGS ShakeMap for the event

The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake was a magnitude 7.8 (Mw) earthquake in the South Island of New Zealand. It happened two minutes after midnight on 14 November 2016 NZDT (11:02 on 13 November UTC). The epicentre where shaking started was about 15 kilometres (9 mi) north-east of Culverden and 60 kilometres (37 mi) south-west of the tourist town of Kaikoura. The epicentre was about 15 kilometres deep (9 mi).

The earthquake lasted for more than a minute, and was one of the three largest earthquakes in 2016.


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