The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is a New Zealand Government agency that provides natural disaster insurance to residential property owners. If you have an existing home insurance policy then you automatically have EQC cover.
EQC insures against damage caused by earthquakes, natural landslips, hydrothermal activity, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
The Earthquake Commission supports both research and public education in relevant areas of natural hazards science. It helps to transform this scientific research into practice and provides a connection between scientific knowledge and resilience within the community.
EQCs research investment programmes support knowledge and technology transfer from professional practice to basic research and across institutions, disciplines and sectors.
EQC supported the development of the Volcanoes gallery at Auckland War Memorial Museum in 2005 and the accompanying website that was developed in 2009.
The live data feeds featured in the website are drawn from the national hazard monitoring and warning system GeoNet which is proudly sponsored by EQC. GeoNet constitutes a major research equipment facility that also underpins civil defence readiness and will inform EQCs catastrophe response and recovery planning following any large earthquake or volcanic eruption.
Click here to learn how to be prepared for a volcanic eruption or any of the other natural disasters the Earthquake Commission covers.