Each year New Zealand has over 150 earthquakes that are large enough to be felt. A large damaging earthquake could happen any time and can be followed by aftershocks that continue for a long time.

During an earthquake

If you are inside, Drop, Cover and Hold – do not run outside or you risk getting hit by falling masonry and glass.

If you are outside, move no more than a few steps away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold.

Stay there until the shaking stops.

Many injuries happen after the shaking stops, be careful of broken glass and sharp objects.

If an earthquake is strong or long and you are near a shore, move quickly inland.