Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake 35 km southwest of Te Anau, New Zealand
Thu, 4 Aug 2022, 09:3109:31 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred in the evening on Thursday, August 4th, 2022, at 9:16 pm local time near Te Anau, Southland District, Southland, New Zealand, as reported by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet).
4.8 quake 4 Aug 9:16 pm (GMT +12)
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a very shallow depth of 5 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.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Manapouri (pop. 230) located 23 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Te Anau (pop. 2,900) located 35 km from the epicenter, and Tuatapere (pop. 700) 69 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Winton (pop. 2,200) located 102 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: Aug 4, 2022 9:16 pm (GMT +12) local time (4 Aug 2022 09:16 GMT)
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 45.57°S / 167.32°E (Southland District, Southland, New Zealand)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
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