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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Hokitika, Westland District, West Coast, New Zealand

Wed, 5 May 2021, 12:04
12:04 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
4.2 quake 5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12)
4.2 quake 5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12)
New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported a magnitude 4.2 quake in New Zealand near Hokitika, Westland District, West Coast, only 7 minutes ago. The earthquake hit late at night on Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 11:55 pm local time at a very shallow depth of 5 km. 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 4.1 earthquake.
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 Harihari (pop. 350) located 26 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Hokitika (pop. 3,400) located 63 km from the epicenter, Methven (pop. 1,200) 78 km away, Greymouth (pop. 9,400) 95 km away, Greymouth (pop. 9,400) 95 km away, Geraldine (pop. 2,300) 97 km away, and Ashburton (pop. 30,100) 101 km away.
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Earthquake data:
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Date & time: 5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12) local time (5 May 2021 11:55 GMT)
Magnitude: 4.2
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 43.27°S / 170.83°E (Westland District, West Coast, New Zealand)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)

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