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Light magnitude 4.2 quake hits 27 km southwest of Wanganui, New Zealand in the morning

Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 19:22
19:22 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
4.2 quake 22 Jan 8:02 am (GMT +13)
4.2 quake 22 Jan 8:02 am (GMT +13)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 occurred in the morning on Friday 22 January 2021 at 8:02 am local time near Wanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, as reported by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 11.8 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.2 earthquake as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Ratana (pop. 440) located 26 km from the epicenter, Wanganui (pop. 40,300) 27 km away, and Bulls (pop. 1,800) 41 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Foxton (pop. 4,800) located 49 km from the epicenter, Patea (pop. 1,300) 56 km away, Levin (pop. 19,800) 63 km away, Palmerston North (pop. 76,000) 65 km away, and Paraparaumu (pop. 25,300) 86 km away.
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Earthquake data:
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Date & time: 22 Jan 2021 8:02 am (GMT +13) local time (21 Jan 2021 19:02 GMT)
Magnitude: 4.2
Depth: 11.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 40.15°S / 174.9°E (Tasman Sea, New Zealand)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)

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