Strong quake under the Port Hills

On 11 May 2016 at 8:45pm, an earthquake with a magnitude M4.7 struck at a depth of about 7km, centred under the Port Hills between Christchurch and Lyttelton.

Last updated: 9:30 p.m, 11 May 2016

Felt Reports

This earthquake was reported to have been felt strongly throughout the city, and generally between Cheviot in the north and Timaru in the south. The highest level of impact from our felt reports so far has been 'damaging' at the suburbs of Somerfield and Edgeware. This could include furniture and appliances having shifted, or substantial damage to fragile or unsecured objects. We have received over 3,200 felt reports at the time of writing.


There have been no aftershocks at the time of writing.


Drop, cover and hold during an earthquake

For more advice on positive actions to take before, during, and after an earthquake, go to Civil Defence's Get Ready, Get Thru.

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