New Zealand is sometimes called the ‘Shaky Islands’ – due to the amount of seismic activity that sometime occurs in both the South Island and North Island.
The Richter Magnification Scale measures the energy level of an earthquake on a 1 to 10 scale. One (1) is Micro; 2-3.9 is Minor; 4-4.9 is Light; 5-5.9 is Moderate; 6-6.9 is Strong; 7-7.9 is Major; 8 to 10 is Great and catastrophic. What is also important factor is the distance from the epicentre from cities and buildings where the quake is felt.
The major Earthquake that hit Christchurch in September 2010 was 7.1 on the Scale and the one that followed in February 2011 was 6.3 – which did more damage due to many of the buildings being weakened in the 2010 Earthquake.
Most tremors are minor – and if you are in bed asleep, you may not even notice that there has been a tremor overnight, and hopefully during your stay in New Zealand you will not be affected by Earthquakes or tremors of any kind.
Nonetheless it is good to know what you need to do if an Earthquake does occur – so here is some information for you.