Major mag. 7.2 earthquake - 7.2 OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z. on Thursday, 1 September 2016

Update Thu 01 Sep 2016 18:06
No significant tsunami was generated by the quake.

Tectonic summary (USGS) (read more)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 64 km northeast of East Island, Gisborne, New Zealand, on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 16:37 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 64 km northeast of East Island, Gisborne, New Zealand, on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 16:37 (GMT)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake at 26 km depth

1 Sep 16:47 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 9 minutes.
Sep 1 16:48: Magnitude recalculated from 7.2 to 7.0.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 2.0 to 40.0 km.
Sep 1 16:59: Magnitude recalculated from 7.0 to 7.1.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 40.0 to 27.0 km.
Sep 1 17:18: Magnitude recalculated from 7.1 to 7.0.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 27.0 to 26.0 km.
Date & time: Sep 1, 2016 16:37:58 UTC
Magnitude: 7
Depth: 26.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 37.45°S / 179.24°E (South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand)
Antipode: 37.45°N / 0.76°W
Nearest volcano: Tangaroa (196 km / 122 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
93 km (58 mi) ENE of Ruatoria (pop: 897) --> See nearby quakes!
172 km (107 mi) NE of Gisborne (pop: 34,300) --> See nearby quakes!
206 km (128 mi) ENE of Whakatane (pop: 18,600) --> See nearby quakes!
272 km (169 mi) E of Tauranga (pop: 110,300) --> See nearby quakes!
274 km (170 mi) ENE of Rotorua (pop: 65,900) --> See nearby quakes!
304 km (189 mi) NE of Napier City (pop: 56,800) --> See nearby quakes!
351 km (218 mi) E of Hamilton (pop: 152,600) --> See nearby quakes!
402 km (250 mi) E of Auckland (pop: 417,900) --> See nearby quakes!
451 km (280 mi) NE of Palmerston North (pop: 76,000) --> See nearby quakes!
574 km (357 mi) NE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
331 km (206 mi) ENE of North Island (pop: 3,749,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1015 joules (554 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 4.8 x 105 tons of TNT or 29.8 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
7.026 km OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z.EMSC
7.010 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z.GFZ
7.119 km- 166km NE of Gisborne, New ZealandUSGS
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User reports for this quake (25)

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Palm Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland (2618.9 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Violent shaking (MMI IX) (reported through our app)
North Shore, Auckland (408.4 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : The house was creaking and I thought someone was moving my bed before I realised it was an earthquake.  
Hamilton (351.8 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Gisborne (169.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke up of shaking  
Te puke (255.1 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Wainuiata (561.9 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Woke up because my caravan was shaking.  
Whakamarama, NW of Tauranga / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Woke me; bed was swaying, house creaking, seemed to last quite a long time ( 40 - 50 secs).  
Tauranga South / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Kaiapoi, Canterbury (863.8 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : A noticeable shaking lasting at least 30 seconds. House creaked, keyboard and bed creaked, water sloshed a bit in bottle. (reported through our app)  
Kaukapakapa (429 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Thought my husband was shaking the bed but the house house was rattling and car and house alarms went off down the street  
Tauranga (276.8 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Papamoa (257.8 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Blinds shaking and house creaking  
near Warkworth, Auckland, Auckland (415.8 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Gisborne (185.4 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Gisborne (171.3 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) (reported through our app)
Wellington (New Zealand, 574 km SW of epicenter) : Shaking lasted for approximately a minute (reported through EMSC)  
Tauranga (New Zealand, 273 km W of epicenter) : Felt earthquake approx. 4.40a.m. It woke me up. (reported through EMSC)  
Whangaparaoa (New Zealand, 410 km W of epicenter) : No noise just felt the bed shaking for about 10 seconds (reported through EMSC)  
Auckland (New Zealand, 403 km W of epicenter) : I was in bad but i wake up by earthquake also feel shakes my bad (reported through EMSC)  
Auckland (New Zealand, 403 km W of epicenter) : The bed moved as though someone was gently pushing it up from underneath several times twice within a minute (reported through EMSC)  
Hamilton (New Zealand, 352 km W of epicenter) : Mild vibration only (reported through EMSC)  
Tauranga (New Zealand, 273 km W of epicenter) : Woke up with the bed shaking. Head board rattling. (reported through EMSC)  
Auckland (New Zealand, 407 km W of epicenter) : Woke up because the windows were rattling (reported through EMSC)  
Whangamata (New Zealand, 303 km W of epicenter) : Bed was shaking and heard cups rating in cupboards (reported through EMSC)  
Papamoa (New Zealand, 265 km W of epicenter) : Very scary, house was wrocking and lights swinging (reported through EMSC)  
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    22.3 km (13.9 mi) depth
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    177 km (110 mi) distance
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    | M 2.3 |
    5.5 km (3.4 mi) depth
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    180 km (112 mi) distance
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    | M 2.3 |
    32.5 km (20.2 mi) depth
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    154 km (96 mi) distance
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    | M 2.4 |
    24.9 km (15.5 mi) depth
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    176 km (109 mi) distance
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    | M 2.3 |
    58.4 km (36.3 mi) depth
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    145 km (90 mi) distance
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  • 02 Sep 2018 02:28 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    7.6 km (4.7 mi) depth
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    179 km (111 mi) distance
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    | M 2.3 |
    39.7 km (24.7 mi) depth
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    97 km (60 mi) distance
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    | M 2.3 |
    29.8 km (18.5 mi) depth
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    171 km (106 mi) distance
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    | M 2.7 |
    60.3 km (37.5 mi) depth
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    155 km (96 mi) distance
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    | M 2.2 |
    37.8 km (23.5 mi) depth
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    100 km (62 mi) distance
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    | M 2.4 |
    79.1 km (49.2 mi) depth
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    177 km (110 mi) distance
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    | M 2.1 |
    67.8 km (42.1 mi) depth
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    157 km (97 mi) distance
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  • 31 Aug 2018 11:51 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    29.8 km (18.5 mi) depth
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    128 km (79 mi) distance
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  • 31 Aug 2018 10:58 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    35.9 km (22.3 mi) depth
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    94 km (59 mi) distance
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    | M 2.1 |
    34.1 km (21.2 mi) depth
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    93 km (58 mi) distance
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  • 31 Aug 2018 05:30 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    80.9 km (50.3 mi) depth
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    191 km (119 mi) distance
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