| 6.0 ML|
| 5 June 1869 (1869-06-05)|
South Island New Zealand
1869 Christchurch earthquake Wikipedia
The 1869 Christchurch earthquake occurred at 8:00 am local time on the morning of 5 June near New Brighton with an estimated Richter magnitude of 6.0. The shock had a Mercalli Intensity of VII–VIII and was thought to have been shallow.
The shock damaged several brick and stone buildings in the city, destroying chimneys and damaging the spire of St John's church in Hereford Street.
The effects of the earthquake on stone buildings such as St. Johns prompted the Church of St Michael and All Angels to be built using timber.