While the Canterbury earthquakes of  2010 and 2011 remain vivid in our memories as some of the most significant and recent earthquakes in New Zealand history, there is a much longer history of earthquakes in New Zealand.

A major rupture of the Alpine Fault continues to threaten much of the South Island including Canterbury. There is a network of known fault lines in the west of the Waimakariri District and well defined areas of liquefaction prone land.