Nearly 200 historical accounts have been examined and analysed in order to determine the effects of the magnitude 8+ 1855 Wairarapa, New Zealand, earthquake. Quite the same Wikipedia. The documents examined include contemporary diaries, letters and journals, newspaper reports and articles, archives, memoranda and reports of the Wellington Provincial Government as well as later reminiscences, extracts from … The largest recorded earthquake to have hit New Zealand rocked Wellington and the Wairarapa at 9:11pm, on 23 January 1855. Rupture along the Wairarapa Fault and Wharekauhau thrust was responsible for the 1855 Wairarapa earthquake, there is also evidence from trenching that the rupture continued onto the Alfredton Fault. On 23 Jan 1855 a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck here, killing between 5-9 people in the Wairarapa and Wellington. Read more

23 January 1855. Just better. The uplifted beach ridges of Turakirae Head provide a proxy record of prehistoric earthquakes. The violent shake was felt as far away as Canterbury. The 1855 Wairarapa Earthquake Symposium 150 years of thinking about magnitude 8+ earthquakes and seismic hazard in New Zealand 8–10 September 2005 Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Proceedings Volume Compiled by John Townend, Rob Langridge, and Andrew Jones . Wairarapa (magnitude 8.2): This is the most powerful recorded earthquake in New Zealand and resulted from movement at least 140 kilometres along the Wairarapa Fault, on the eastern edge of the Rimutaka Range. The earthquake measured 8.2 on the Richter scale and was centred in the south-west Wairarapa along the Wairarapa Fault, about 25 kilometres from Wellington. 1855 Wairarapa earthquake.