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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - New Zealand on Sunday, 15 December 2019

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - New Zealand on Sunday, 15 December 2019
15 Dec 09:54 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
Dec 15 09:55: Magnitude recalculated from 4.5 to 4.9.
Dec 15 10:01: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 5.0.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 138.6 to 133.0 km.
Date & time: Sunday, 15 December 2019 09:52 UTC
Magnitude: 5.0
Depth: 133.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 37.43018°S / 177.21793°E (New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: White Island (11 km / 7 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
53 km (33 mi) NW of Te Kaha (pop: 400)
62 km (39 mi) NE of Whakatane (pop: 18,600)
65 km (40 mi) N of Opotiki (pop: 4,000)
97 km (60 mi) NE of Tauranga (pop: 110,300)
116 km (72 mi) NE of Rotorua (pop: 65,900)
175 km (109 mi) NE of Hamilton (pop: 152,600)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sun, 15 Dec 09:52 UTCM 5.0 / 133 km New ZealandGEONET (NZ)
Sun, 15 Dec 09:52 UTCM 5.1 / 159 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)GFZ
Sun, 15 Dec 09:52 UTCM 5.1 / 152 kmOff E. Coast Of N. Island, N.z. (New Zealand)EMSC
Sun, 15 Dec 09:52 UTCM 5.3 / 134 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)BMKG
Sun, 15 Dec 09:52 UTCM 5.0 / 158.5 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)GeoAu
2019-12-15 21:52:22 +12:00 (15 Dec 09:52:22 UTC)M 5.1 / 147.2 km41km NNE of Whakatane, New ZealandUSGS

User reports for this quake (8)

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Ohiwa Harbour (62.4 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
231.4 km S of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Wairoa (181.7 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : My bed started shaking and it was strong enough to feel
Opotiki (68.4 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Napier (231 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Gisborne / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I don’t like earthquakes it scares me
Whakatane (63.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Papamoa (New Zealand, 86 km W of epicenter) : Laying in bed felt a ight shake for a while, got up to close the window. Papamoa, Tauranga (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.0 quake: New Zealand, 15 Dec 2019 09:52

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (27 quakes):
  • 09 Feb 2020 09:20 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    7.7 km (4.8 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 06 Feb 2020 02:52 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    109.4 km (68 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (8 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 29 Jan 2020 17:43 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    110 km (68.4 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 27 Jan 2020 14:46 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    34 km (21.1 mi) depth
    |
    9 km (5 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 26 Jan 2020 16:06 UTC
    | M 1.8 |
    108 km (67.1 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 25 Jan 2020 16:02 UTC
    | M 1.6 |
    105.9 km (65.8 mi) depth
    |
    3 km (2 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 25 Jan 2020 12:07 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (10 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 22 Jan 2020 05:05 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    98.9 km (61.5 mi) depth
    |
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Jan 2020 13:16 UTC
    | M 1.9 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Jan 2020 07:08 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    18.3 km (11.4 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Jan 2020 06:48 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 13 Jan 2020 09:36 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    119.3 km (74.1 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 11 Jan 2020 11:39 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    134.1 km (83.3 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 08 Jan 2020 22:15 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    104.1 km (64.7 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (8 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 02 Jan 2020 05:53 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    35.5 km (22.1 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (10 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 01 Jan 2020 08:56 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    32 km (19.9 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • Show all

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