Earthquakes and Tsunamis


* Christchurch Earthquakes 2010, 2011
* Historic Earthquakes
* Research


* An Initial Assessment of the Impact of the Earthquake and Tsunami of December 26, 2004
"Summarizes the information available until January 10, 2005 about the seismic shift that took place in the morning of December 26, 2004 in the Indian Ocean in the province of Aceh in Indonesia, and the ensuing tsunami that devastated some areas in East and Southeast Asia. It offers an initial assessment of the possible economic impact of the disaster." From the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
* Canterbury earthquakes 2010 2011 kete
A place where you can share your stories, photos, memories of the earthquake and the aftermath.
* Donate your earthquake story
Christchurch City Libraries is collecting earthquake stories.
* This Dynamic Planet
Map showing the Earth's physiographic features, the current movements of its major tectonic plates, and the locations of its volcanoes, earthquakes, and impact craters. (PDF)
* Earthquake Commission
Responsible for providing insurance of residential property against loss or damage caused by earthquake, volcanic eruption, hydrothermal activity, tsunamis and natural landslips; administering the Natural Disaster Fund; and facilitating research and education about natural disaster damage and its mitigation.
* Earthquake Hazards and Preparedness
Find out what earthquakes do, what hazards they pose, and how you can best prepare to protect yourself.
* Earthquake Information: Reducing Hazards
* Earthquakes
The official website of America's government disaster management organisation.
* Earthquakes
Includes links to maps from different regions of the world. From the United States Geological Survey. Lists significant earthquakes around the world.
* Earthquakes 101
Primer from
Learn how to be prepared for an earthquake or any of the other natural disasters the Earthquake Commission covers.
* Faultline: Seismic Science at the Epicenter
An exhibit looks at earthquakes in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Features material on the basics of earthquake science and on damage control (prediction, engineering, and retrofitting), a timeline of major San Francisco area quakes (back to 1808), graphics and photos, activities, and links to related websites. From the Exploratorium.
* Geologic Hazards
Information about research into the causes of geological phenomena, focusing on geomagnetism, landslides and earthquakes. Offers interactive maps, images and data.
* Geology Department
At Otago University
* GeoNet
Monitoring geological hazards (earthquake, volcano, landslide and tsunami) in New Zealand.
* GNS Earthquake information
From the Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences.
* Hazard Watch
weekly reviews of natural hazard events reported in New Zealand. Hazard Watch is a service of the Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences (GNS). Latest volcanoes, Volcanic alert bulletins
* How earthquakes happen
Animated guide and downloadable PDF about the science behind earthquakes from the BBC News website.
* Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited
Crown Research Institute responsible for earth and nuclear scientific research and consultancy services in New Zealand.
* IRIS Seismic Monitor
Seismic Monitor allows you to monitor global earthquakes in near real-time, visit seismic stations around the world. From the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
* Listening to Earthquakes
Recorded sounds of earthquakes, and explanations.
* Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
Leading the way in making New Zealand and its communities resilient to hazards and disasters
* Natural Hazards Data
The National Geophysical Data Center in the United States collects post event data related to natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes and makes the data available at this site
* Quake Tracker
Earthquake and tsunami reports from around the world.
* The Restless Planet: Earthquakes
Online companion to the PBS television series
* Savage Earth
* Tsunami
Information from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
* Tsunamis and Earthquakes
"General information on how local tsunamis are generated by earthquakes, and summaries of past research studies." From the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
* United States Geological Survey (USGS)
* USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Monitors and reports earthquakes, assess earthquake impacts and hazards, and research the causes and effects of earthquakes.
* Waves of Destruction: Tsunamis
Discusses historical tsunamis, causes and effects, and related information. Online companion to the PBS television series Savage Earth
* West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Cente
Provides "accurate and timely tsunami bulletins for coastal populations of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska." Bulletins are issued when earthquakes of a certain magnitude activate the warning system. Includes links to other warning centers, historical data, and a "virtual earthquake." From the National Weather Service.