On Monday, early morning, New Zealand was struck by an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude. As New Zealand is located on the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, earthquakes are bound to occur. Though being of great magnitude, this earthquake is not the first to have occurred in this decade. In 2011, New Zealand was struck by an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude. The 2011 earthquake occurred near Christchurch--New Zealand's second largest city. Monday's earthquake occurred in the rural area of New Zealand, reaching 120 miles north to Wellington and 57 south to Christchurch. The two earthquakes were approximately 56 miles from each other. Next, the 2011 earthquake has a depth of 3 miles below the earth's surface, while the 2016 earthquake was 14 miles below the earth's surface. Lastly, from both earthquake aftershocks occurred, with both being strong--2016 earthquake had some aftershocks which were a magnitude of 6.1 or higher. The importance of this article is to understand the similarities and difference between the earthquake which have struck New Zealand. By learning about the earthquake's, we can be able to predict the next earthquake to occur.