New Zealand earthquakes infographic

One year ago tomorrow, at 12.51 p.m. on a Tuesday, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck south-east of Christchurch’s business district. Our thoughts are with the people who lived through it and are still living through it, and with people who lost someone in the quake.

While updating Te Ara’s story about the 2010–11 Canterbury earthquakes, we looked at the 10,000+ aftershocks map in awe. We started to wonder about the history of earthquakes in the region, why we have so many earthquakes in New Zealand and how they’re measured.

The Web Team here at Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, went looking through the wealth of information, diagrams and data on Te Ara, NZHistory and available through Geonet, and assembled an infographic to present this information together – click on the image below to view the complete infographic. It is the first of a series of infographics and visualisation that we’re calling ‘Perspectives’. The idea behind them is to give our users a new way of looking at aspects of our culture and history. Each of the Perspectives infographics will be visually rich, filled with interesting facts, available under Creative Commons (BY NC), and hopefully they will have something for anyone at any level to take away with them.

Special thanks to Geonet and GNS Science.

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  1. Comment made by Christchurch.Scoop » New Zealand shares its shaky memories on QuakeStories || February 22nd, 2012

    [...] For more commentary: http://blog.teara.govt.nz/2012/02/21/new-zealand-earthquakes-infographic [...]

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