Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 38km NNE of Masterton, New Zealand on Monday, 20 January 2014

Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 39 km southeast of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, on Monday, January 20, 2014 15:52:44

Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 39 km southeast of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, on Monday, January 20, 2014 15:52:44

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 27 km depth

20 Jan 03:10 UTC: First to report: USGS after 17 minutes.
Date & time: 20 Jan 2014 02:52:44 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Monday, January 20, 2014 15:52:44
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 27.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 40.6499°S / 175.8642°E (Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Ruapehu (154 km / 96 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
36 km (22 mi) ESE of Tokomaru (pop: 563) --> See nearby quakes!
39 km (24 mi) NNE of Masterton (Wellington) (pop: 20,700) --> See nearby quakes!
39 km (24 mi) SE of Palmerston North (pop: 76,000) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) E of Levin (pop: 19,800) --> See nearby quakes!
53 km (33 mi) ESE of Foxton (pop: 4,780) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) ENE of Paraparaumu (Wellington) (pop: 25,300) --> See nearby quakes!
87 km (54 mi) NE of Upper Hutt (Wellington) (pop: 38,400) --> See nearby quakes!
102 km (63 mi) NE of Lower Hutt (Wellington) (pop: 101,200) --> See nearby quakes!
105 km (66 mi) SE of Whanganui (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
116 km (72 mi) NE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.226 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGFZ
6.228 km NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALANDEMSC
6.327 km38km NNE of Masterton, New ZealandUSGS
6.181 kmNear Eketahuna, NZGeoAu

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User reports for this quake (25)

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Wanganui / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Paraparaumu (77.6 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Short sharp jolt, followed by shaking and everything rattling about, then rolling and rocking for what felt like ages.  
wellington / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Kopuaranga (27 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Started off as moderate and built up to very strong and seemed to last quite a while. I was just glad I wasn't on the scaffold at the time as it did quite a dance.  
Big Save Furniture Palmerston North / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : The shop started shaking with a large jolt, people were unbalanced, 6 seconds later a huge BANG with a massive jolt, some people fell over, some dived under tables and doorways, VERY violent shaking, lots of smashing as vases, lamps etc fell off shelves ..Store was evacuated . SCARY   
Blenheim, NZ , South Island / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : We were relaxing in our van at this time. In one moment our van began to swing a little bit.  
Rongotea Manawatu / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : A few small ornaments fell off shelves and some things fell out of the pantry and the power went off for a short period. I was outside you could see power poles moving animals seemed alarmed  
New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I felt moderate shaking for about 60 seconds while sitting in a library. A few books felt down, but no major damage.  
New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I felt moderate shaking for about 60 seconds while sitting in a library. A few books felt down, but no major damage.  
New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I felt moderate shaking for about 60 seconds while sitting in a library. A few books felt down, but no major damage.  
New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I felt moderate shaking for about 60 seconds while sitting in a library. A few books felt down, but no major damage.  
New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I felt moderate shaking for about 60 seconds while sitting in a library. A few books felt down, but no major damage.  
New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I felt moderate shaking for about 60 seconds while sitting in a library. A few books felt down, but no major damage.  
carterton / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Motueka (115.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Wellington / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Whanganui / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
willis street wellington (116 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : My home started shaking and the ceramic ware making good noise, most of the people in my apartment building came out to the ground floor and started checking on the internet on phone as to what was the size of this shake.  
Bulls (66.8 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
(New Zealand, 81 km W of epicenter) : The building was swaying back and forth it was kind of an odd thing, makes your realize that the ground is not as solid as you might think. We are from Canada living in Wellington beside the Beehive. (reported through EMSC)  
Paraparaumu (New Zealand, 72 km SW of epicenter) : Went to local work afterwards, a supermarket to help with clean up which I knew there would be. Liqour bottles were smashed on the ground everywhere, as well as items thrown off every isle and multiple things broken. Roof panels in certain places broke/fell off. (reported through EMSC)  
Motueka (New Zealand, 241 km W of epicenter) : My whole wooden hut was shaking for ca 10 seconds (reported through EMSC)  
Foxton Beach (New Zealand, 51 km W of epicenter) : seemed to go on forever, our dog wasn't upset but the pidgeons all 8 of them flew away. (reported through EMSC)  
Masterton (New Zealand, 37 km S of epicenter) : Felt an initial short jolts combined with a roll followed by series of rolling motions, wave like . Direction seemed to come from west. Picture flipped from eastern shelf onto lounge floor. (reported through EMSC)  
Waikanae (New Zealand, 69 km W of epicenter) : No. (reported through EMSC)  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1777 quakes):
  • 19 Jul 2014 00:52 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    24.5 km (15.2 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jul 2014 21:33 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    24 km (14.9 mi) depth
    |
    38 km (23 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jul 2014 21:33 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    33.9 km (21.1 mi) depth
    |
    39 km (24 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jul 2014 09:45 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    32.6 km (20.3 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (2 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Jul 2014 15:38 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    26.2 km (16.3 mi) depth
    |
    2 km (1 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Jul 2014 07:24 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    23.2 km (14.4 mi) depth
    |
    71 km (44 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Jul 2014 06:13 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    29 km (18 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Jul 2014 05:20 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    25.3 km (15.7 mi) depth
    |
    80 km (50 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Jul 2014 03:49 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    42 km (26.1 mi) depth
    |
    66 km (41 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Jul 2014 23:31 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    29 km (18 mi) depth
    |
    3 km (2 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Jul 2014 13:40 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    26 km (16.2 mi) depth
    |
    1 km (1 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Jul 2014 07:28 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    62.4 km (38.8 mi) depth
    |
    38 km (24 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 15 Jul 2014 22:27 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    30 km (18.6 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 15 Jul 2014 18:13 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    33.6 km (20.9 mi) depth
    |
    77 km (48 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 15 Jul 2014 06:25 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    93.1 km (57.8 mi) depth
    |
    72 km (45 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 15 Jul 2014 04:52 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    0.1 km (0.1 mi) depth
    |
    40 km (25 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • Show all

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