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Major mag. 7.9 earthquake - South Island, New Zealand on Sunday, 13 November 2016

Major mag. 7.9 earthquake - South Island, New Zealand on Sunday, 13 November 2016

Major mag. 7.9 earthquake  - South Island, New Zealand on Sunday, 13 November 2016
13 Nov 11:11 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Nov 13 11:17: Magnitude recalculated from 7.5 to 7.8.
Nov 13 11:18: Magnitude recalculated from 7.8 to 7.7.
Nov 13 11:30: Magnitude recalculated from 7.7 to 7.8.
Nov 13 11:56: Magnitude recalculated from 7.8 to 7.9.
Date & time: Sunday, 13 November 2016 11:02 UTC
Magnitude: 7.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 42.57°S / 173.01°E (New Zealand)
Nearby towns and cities:
95 km (59 mi) NE of Kaiapoi (pop: 10,200)
111 km (69 mi) NE of Christchurch (pop: 363,900)
138 km (86 mi) S of Richmond (pop: 14,000)
141 km (87 mi) SW of Blenheim (pop: 26,600)
146 km (91 mi) S of Nelson (pop: 59,200)
181 km (112 mi) NE of Ashburton (pop: 30,100)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1016 joules (12408 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.1 x 107 tons of TNT or 667.2 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sun, 13 Nov 11:02 UTCM 7.9 / 10 kmSouth Island, New ZealandGFZ
Sun, 13 Nov 11:02 UTCM 7.9 / 10 km SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALANDEMSC
Sun, 13 Nov 11:02 UTCM 7.8 / 23 km- 53km NNE of Amberley, New ZealandUSGS

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Christchurch / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
KLCC (8732.7 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Painting fell off the wall.
Ampang (8733.7 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : My table fell.
Auckland (651.6 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Newlands (212.3 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
220.9 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) : This is a major event here. I'm in Wellington and there are bridge collapses ripped roads. Tsunami sirens blaring people heading to high ground. Had leaks further south. MASSIVE aftershocks every few mins. Collapsed buildings people trapped roads and towns cut off (reported through our app)
Feilding / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Paraparaumu / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) : Very long shake. Started moderate then very strong. Smashed glasses and plates in our home. Power outage.
Kaiapoi, Canterbury (94.9 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Extremely strong shaking. Lasted a long time. Started to die down, then started up again (multiple quakes?). Ongoing aftershocks. My room hasn't stopped shaking. (reported through our app)
Blenheim (138.8 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) : Got thrown to floor after trying to get out of bed. Toilet cisterns emptied, stuff strewn from cupboards (reported through our app)
Wellington (207.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) (reported through our app)
Clarks Beach (621.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Things were moving in my house. I felt as if it was rocking
Dunedin / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Noticeable shaking of the bed for a couple of minutes. Objects not moving
Papatoetoe, Auckland / Weak shaking (MMI III) : We live on level 2 and all our wall hanging were moving.
Oamaru (326.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Queenstown (443.5 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Slight shaking for about a minute
Hamilton / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt as 'vertigo' sensation then light swaying of light fixtures at 00:08 in Hamilton. Lasted approx 3 mins
rotorua / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : big sway house squeaking actually thort someone was breaking in.
Melbourne / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Minor shudder. Almost like a tram going past.
203.6 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
324.7 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
399.5 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Akaroa / Weak shaking (MMI III)
104.7 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
Auckland / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Nelson (142 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : The first earthquake felt shortly after midnight, was more likely the 6.6 intensity than the larger numbers. Unless they are echos, there have been shocks all over New Zealand.I think the damage in Wellington may have been a separate Quake. Irene
Hastings (New Zealand, 469 km NE of epicenter) : It was incredible, i could hardly walk or stand firm, it was dark and it felt like a rolling from side to side, the more i braced the more i felt the earthquake, i was standing bracing my tv from falling, this is the worst and by far the longest earthquake i have ever experienced in my life, absolutely scared the badeegas out of me, Mana from Hastings Nz 14/11/2016 12:02am onwards, kia kaha southland you are all in my thoughts and prayers. (reported through EMSC)
Sefton (New Zealand, 67 km S of epicenter) : First time we have been asked to evacuate after an earthquake because of Tsunami fear. (reported through EMSC)
Leigh (New Zealand, 728 km N of epicenter) : Woken by light shaking around midnight (reported through EMSC)
Wellington (New Zealand, 214 km NE of epicenter) : Humongous scary shake. And I'm 250km from the centre. Many aftershocks and a scary sleepless night for a lot of kiwis. (reported through EMSC)
Christchurch (New Zealand, 97 km S of epicenter) : Lasted about 10 minutes here of strong rolling/moving motion as if on a boat moving on the sea. I knew it was a massive quake somewhere but not in my immediate area (epicentre 130km away). over 60 large quakes up south-east coast till 5-6am NZT. Devestating at epicentre.3 mega tonnes of energy released. (reported through EMSC)
Rukuhia (New Zealand, 573 km N of epicenter) : Was a very interesting feeling like been on a boat (reported through EMSC)
Christchurch (New Zealand, 97 km S of epicenter) : It was a night mare. I was in bad with my boyfreind.and suddenly the church in the front of my house fall down.i run to the street. And i saw a building collapsing and cars damaged. People were running in the street. (reported through EMSC)
Taupo (New Zealand, 516 km NE of epicenter) : Estava dormindo. Acordei com meu marido informando q sentiu um tremor, como se estivesse dentro de um navio. (reported through EMSC)
Waihi Beach (New Zealand, 639 km NE of epicenter) : Was sitting up on bed. It felt like being in a boat. I felt a bit nauseas. It last for about a minute. (reported through EMSC)
Ngaruawahia (New Zealand, 588 km N of epicenter) : this is the first time I have experienced this. I take it was the effects of an earthquake. the house creaked a little but not a lot and a rolling sensation whilst in bed. (reported through EMSC)
Lower Hutt (New Zealand, 225 km NE of epicenter) : Long duration - house and bed shaking. Some breakages. After shocks still going on. (reported through EMSC)
Nelson (New Zealand, 161 km N of epicenter) : Ca a durer en moi 30secondes (reported through EMSC)
Christchurch (New Zealand, 97 km S of epicenter) : Felt like five minutes of being on a boat, swaying. I'm sure it was only a minute or so. Hope all the peeps near Hanmer are ok, Aroha Nui x (reported through EMSC)
Orewa (New Zealand, 695 km N of epicenter) : no, just felt the airbed i am moving (reported through EMSC)
Auckland (New Zealand, 667 km N of epicenter) : I was in bed, still awake and felt very nauseous. I then realised the house was shaking ever so slightly and the cord for the blinds was knocking against the window. It went on for a couple of minutes. (reported through EMSC)
Auckland (New Zealand, 667 km N of epicenter) : it felt like a rocking motion, as our house is on piles. was checking my phone at the time it started. thought my wife was moving in the bed till I saw the wooden blinds swaying. may have been about 30 seconds (reported through EMSC)
Papakura (New Zealand, 647 km N of epicenter) : lasted at least two minutes (reported through EMSC)
Papakura (New Zealand, 647 km N of epicenter) : On the second floor of the house I felt a lot of movement, not shaking but wobbly. Very peculiar (reported through EMSC)
Karaka (New Zealand, 642 km N of epicenter) : I didn't notice it at first sitting down, but I noticed sounds all through the house. So I got up. Felt a bit unsteady, but it was late, nearly midnight. I blamed myself for that feeling at first. The sounds got loader and I started to feel like I was on a boat. At first I was thoroughly confused. I realized all the sounds were the blinds in the house swaying hard enough to grind the window frames and window sills. It scared me at first, like a ghost was messing with me. Both the motion and sound of the blinds got steadily worse then everything quickly ceased to move. I'm giddy with exileration and woke up a family member to find they slept through it. (reported through EMSC)
Omokoroa (New Zealand, 619 km NE of epicenter) : Very rolling and went on for quite a long time. Then it seemed to shift directions and then roll differently. Light fixtures hung on chains from the ceiling swaying quite significantly, walls and doors creaking, all interior doors moving back and forth (reported through EMSC)
Tauranga (New Zealand, 619 km NE of epicenter) : Was lying in bed watching YouTube next minute felt crazy vertigo like side to side motion got up turned the light on and the bloody thing was swinging (reported through EMSC)
Tauranga (New Zealand, 619 km NE of epicenter) : It was a very light shaking for one minute thirty seconds around 12am Monday 14 November 2016 (reported through EMSC)
Hamilton (New Zealand, 579 km N of epicenter) : I was big considering where i live and it was centred in the south island (reported through EMSC)
Hamilton (New Zealand, 579 km N of epicenter) : Woke up from rocking felt sick. Ran to window nobody else's lights on. Only me and one dog barking noticed. Family still all asleep to. Hope everyone is ok. (reported through EMSC)
Rotorua (New Zealand, 577 km NE of epicenter) : Woke me up. Was long. More rolling side to side type motion than rough. (reported through EMSC)
Cambridge (New Zealand, 574 km N of epicenter) : North South oscillation approx 20mm amplitude 0.5 to 1 Hz (reported through EMSC)
Napier (New Zealand, 485 km NE of epicenter) : The house swayed and my bed shook lasted for a few minutes (reported through EMSC)
Napier (New Zealand, 483 km NE of epicenter) : Went on for ages. Long rolling motion like being at sea on a boat. (reported through EMSC)
Haumoana (New Zealand, 478 km NE of epicenter) : Went on for 3-5 minutes. Strongest I have felt in my 30 years in NZ!!! (reported through EMSC)
Lake Hayes (New Zealand, 420 km SW of epicenter) : long duration; nearly 5 minutes (reported through EMSC)
Dunedin (New Zealand, 405 km SW of epicenter) : It felt good. (reported through EMSC)
Kurow (New Zealand, 304 km SW of epicenter) : rolling motion at 2405hours, furniture rocked. No sound heard. (reported through EMSC)
Featherston (New Zealand, 262 km NE of epicenter) : It seemed closer, I was surprised to find out it was down south, as it went on for so long, every room had this moved askew, or dropped off their shelf. It seemed like the earth was rolling under your feet (reported through EMSC)
Porirua (New Zealand, 238 km NE of epicenter) : It felt like when I was trying to sleep on a boat crossing from Scotland to Holland in a rough sea with people being sick. (reported through EMSC)
Wellington (New Zealand, 216 km NE of epicenter) : I could hear it pass on to other areas, Newtown towards Mirama. (reported through EMSC)
Wellington (New Zealand, 214 km NE of epicenter) : That woke me out of bed, house was shaking, lasted about 1 minute (reported through EMSC)
Christchurch (New Zealand, 99 km S of epicenter) : One happening now freaking out (reported through EMSC)
Christchurch (New Zealand, 97 km S of epicenter) : s contant sweying notion . keep going over a minitue . the counsel flats accross the street was quickly emptied (reported through EMSC)
Christchurch (New Zealand, 97 km S of epicenter) : One of the most violent rolling quakes I have ever felt, here. (reported through EMSC)
Christchurch (New Zealand, 97 km S of epicenter) : The quake lasted around a minute at least, but it felt a lot longer. (reported through EMSC)
Hamilton (New Zealand, 582 km N of epicenter) : Feel mild shaking (reported through EMSC)
Hamilton (New Zealand, 582 km N of epicenter) : I felt a little dizzy afterwards (reported through EMSC)
Hamilton (New Zealand, 578 km N of epicenter) : It was scary (reported through EMSC)
Temuka (New Zealand, 228 km SW of epicenter) : Sudden start then Long ang rolling was wondering what was coming next ! freaked me out a little bit . (reported through EMSC)
Lower Hutt (New Zealand, 222 km NE of epicenter) : Scary how intense it was (reported through EMSC)
Kaiteriteri (New Zealand, 198 km NW of epicenter) : Falling asleep in Kiteriteri. Beds started shaking. Room shook a fair amount. Over roughly 1 minute, shaking diminished. Small aftershocks continue few minutes later. Still feeling aftershocks. (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 7.9 quake: South Island, New Zealand, 13 Nov 2016 11h02

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List of recorded aftershocks, latest first (858 quakes):
  • 04 Nov 2018 23:08 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    16.1 km (10 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 03 Nov 2018 20:04 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    35.9 km (22.3 mi) depth
    |
    282 km (175 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 28 Oct 2018 14:38 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    10.4 km (6.5 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 26 Oct 2018 06:31 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    9.3 km (5.8 mi) depth
    |
    134 km (83 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Oct 2018 16:05 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    43.4 km (27 mi) depth
    |
    297 km (184 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 11 Oct 2018 08:25 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 10 Oct 2018 11:48 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    149.8 km (93.1 mi) depth
    |
    241 km (150 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 07 Oct 2018 17:45 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    211.3 km (131.3 mi) depth
    |
    122 km (76 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Sep 2018 21:17 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    10.6 km (6.6 mi) depth
    |
    316 km (196 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 10 Sep 2018 06:27 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    22.7 km (14.1 mi) depth
    |
    274 km (170 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 10 Sep 2018 04:24 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    5.9 km (3.7 mi) depth
    |
    72 km (45 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 10 Sep 2018 04:22 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    5.5 km (3.4 mi) depth
    |
    344 km (214 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 10 Sep 2018 04:21 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    30.3 km (18.8 mi) depth
    |
    74 km (46 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 06 Sep 2018 17:08 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    149.4 km (92.8 mi) depth
    |
    129 km (80 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 06 Sep 2018 16:03 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    29.4 km (18.3 mi) depth
    |
    254 km (158 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 06 Sep 2018 15:53 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    81.9 km (50.9 mi) depth
    |
    101 km (63 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • Show all

Map of aftershocks

Significant earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Major mag. 7.9 earthquake - South Island, New Zealand on Sunday, 13 November 2016

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