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Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - New Zealand on Saturday, 23 November 2019

Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake  - New Zealand on Saturday, 23 November 2019
23 Nov 16:37 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
Nov 23 16:38: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.3.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 117.9 to 115.0 km.
Nov 23 18:11: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.8.
Nov 23 18:12: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.9.
Date & time: Saturday, 23 November 2019 16:34 UTC
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 115.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 37.41582°S / 177.25856°E (New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: White Island (14 km / 9 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
52 km (32 mi) NW of Te Kaha (pop: 400)
65 km (40 mi) NE of Whakatane (pop: 18,600)
66 km (41 mi) N of Opotiki (pop: 4,000)
101 km (63 mi) NE of Tauranga (pop: 110,300)
120 km (75 mi) NE of Rotorua (pop: 65,900)
179 km (111 mi) NE of Hamilton (pop: 152,600)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sat, 23 Nov 16:34 UTCM 5.9 / 115 km New ZealandGEONET (NZ)
Sat, 23 Nov 16:34 UTCM 5.9 / 139 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)GFZ
Sat, 23 Nov 16:34 UTCM 5.8 / 128 kmOff E. Coast Of N. Island, N.z. (New Zealand)EMSC
Sat, 23 Nov 16:34 UTCM 5.9 / 139.2 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)GeoAu
Sat, 23 Nov 16:34 UTCM 5.7 / 135 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)BMKG
Sat, 23 Nov 16:34 UTCM 6.0 / 114.8 kmOff east coast of North Island, New Zealand [Sea: New Zealand]INGV
2019-11-24 04:34:44 +12:00 (23 Nov 16:34:44 UTC)M 5.8 / 123 km51km NNE of Whakatane, New ZealandUSGS

User reports for this quake (30)

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237.1 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was sleeping in my van when suddenly I felt the van shaking. My boyfriend awoke also. It last maybe twenty seconds. There was no wind so I knew it was an earthquake. The following morning I checked the app.
Takapuna, Auckland, NZ / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I happened to be sitting on the toilet in Takapuna and felt a very slight movement that was unmistakable. Had I been in bed I would have missed it.
Gisborne / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was asleep but my partner woke me an said we were having. Earthquake then I could feel the rocking. Earthquakes always makes me sacred
129.9 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Was awake. (reported through our app)
Napier / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
513.6 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : In bed an it was shaking (reported through our app)
Wellington / Light shaking (MMI IV)
513.6 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Napier / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Nelson / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Ohiwa Harbour / Light shaking (MMI IV)
153.1 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Lower Hutt Wellington / Light shaking (MMI IV)
460 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Was awoken from my sleep, unmistakably a strong quake
Napier / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Auckland Ellerslie / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Whakamarama - esdaile road (117 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was still in bed and felt the bed shaking. My friend up the same road also felt the shake. (reported through our app)
Gisborne / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
193.2 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Was awakened
66.3 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : Got woken up (reported through our app)
432.1 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke up. Door rattled (reported through our app)
459.8 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was awoken from my sleep to the bed shaking, lasted a wee while (reported through our app)
154.9 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke me up which is rare (reported through our app)
Blenheim / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
64.4 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Wakatane (66.4 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
179.1 km W of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
551.9 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : The house creaked here in Nelson. (reported through our app)
Wellington (New Zealand, 469 km SW of epicenter) : What a shaky wake up! This one woke me up in bed and got me wondering if it was going to be big. Was over before I could take cover, though. Surprised that I felt this so far away! (reported through EMSC)
(New Zealand, 331 km SW of epicenter) : Rolly (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.9 quake: New Zealand, 23 Nov 2019 16:34

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (194 quakes):
  • 22 Jan 2020 05:05 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    98.9 km (61.5 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 21 Jan 2020 11:09 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    25.1 km (15.6 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (20 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 21 Jan 2020 11:03 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    53 km (33 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 20 Jan 2020 23:01 UTC
    | M 1.8 |
    23.4 km (14.5 mi) depth
    |
    51 km (32 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 20 Jan 2020 20:45 UTC
    | M 1.9 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    33 km (21 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 20 Jan 2020 09:22 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    138.3 km (85.9 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 20 Jan 2020 06:35 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 19 Jan 2020 20:24 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    121.8 km (75.7 mi) depth
    |
    30 km (19 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 19 Jan 2020 17:19 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    53 km (33 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 19 Jan 2020 00:57 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    51 km (31 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jan 2020 17:48 UTC
    | M 1.9 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jan 2020 17:15 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jan 2020 15:27 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    103.4 km (64.2 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jan 2020 15:07 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    66.6 km (41.4 mi) depth
    |
    40 km (25 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jan 2020 12:28 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    51 km (31 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Jan 2020 12:25 UTC
    | M 2.3 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • Show all

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