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A history of New Zealand's biggest quakes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

A 7.1-MAGNITUDE QUAKE HAS SHAKEN THE NORTH ISLAND. BUT HOW DOES IT COMPARE TO SOME OF THE WORST IN RECORDED HISTORY?

* 8.2-magnitude, Wairarapa, 1855 - up to nine killed, most severe quake in NZ since European colonisation.

* 7.8-magnitude, Hawke's Bay, 1931 - 256 killed and widespread destruction

* 7.8-magnitude, Murchison, 1929 - 15 killed, roads, buildings and bridges damaged as far away as Greymouth

* 7.8-magnitude, Dusky Sound, 2009 - a "lurching" quake which, if it had happened elsewhere, would have caused huge damage

* 7.6-magnitude, Pahiatua, 1934 - felt as far as Auckland and Dunedin, caused widespread damage in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa

* 7.2-magnitude, Wairarapa, 1942 - one killed, felt from Auckland to Queenstown

* 7.1-magnitude, Inangahua, 1968 - two killed, destroyed 100km of train tracks

* 6.7-magnitude, Gisborne, 2007 - one dead due to heart attack and caused damage to buildings across the CBD

* 6.5-magnitude, Edgecumbe, 1987 - 25 injured and huge rifts left in ground

* 6.3-magnitude, Christchurch, 2011- 185 killed and extensive damage

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