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Significant magnitude 6.9 quake hits 103 km northeast of Ruatoria, New Zealand early morning

Thu, 4 Mar 2021, 13:47
6.9 quake 5 Mar 1:27 am (GMT +12)
6.9 quake 5 Mar 1:27 am (GMT +12)
Just 8 minutes ago, a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Ruatoria, Gisborne District, Gisborne, New Zealand. The tremor was recorded early morning on Friday 5 March 2021 at 1:27 am local time, at an intermediate depth of 81.8 km below the surface.
The event was filed by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet), the first seismological agency to report it.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the epicenter. It might have caused light to moderate damage.
Moderate shaking probably occurred in Ruatoria (pop. 900) located 103 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:
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Date & time: 5 Mar 2021 1:27 am (GMT +12) local time (4 Mar 2021 13:27 GMT)
Magnitude: 7.2
Depth: 81.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 37.46°S / 179.46°E (South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)

Previous news

Thu, 4 Mar 2021, 13:30
We are receiving unverified early reports of seismic activity in or around New Zealand at approximately 13:28 GMT. There are no details yet on the magnitude or depth of this earthquake. We expect more accurate data to emerge in the next few minutes. The location and magnitude mentioned are indicative and temporary until the AllQuakes monitoring service receives more exact scientific data from a national or international seismological agency. Check back here shortly and stay safe. ... Read all
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