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Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - New Zealand on Saturday, 4 January 2020

Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake  - New Zealand on Saturday, 4 January 2020
4 Jan 07:21 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 3 minutes.
Jan 4 07:28: Magnitude recalculated from 4.6 to 5.5.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 330.7 to 308.7 km.
Date & time: Saturday, 4 January 2020 07:18 UTC
Magnitude: 5.5
Depth: 308.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 36.75138°S / 176.94772°E (New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Clark (84 km / 52 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
101 km (63 mi) NE of Pauanui (pop: 700)
102 km (63 mi) NE of Tairua (pop: 1,600)
108 km (67 mi) NE of Whangamata (pop: 4,300)
186 km (116 mi) E of Manukau City (pop: 362,000)
187 km (116 mi) NE of Hamilton (pop: 152,600)
195 km (121 mi) E of Auckland (pop: 417,900)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sat, 4 Jan 07:18 UTCM 5.5 / 308.7 km New ZealandGEONET (NZ)
Sat, 4 Jan 07:18 UTCM 4.9 / 308 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)GFZ
Sat, 4 Jan 07:18 UTCM 5.1 / 328 kmOff E. Coast Of N. Island, N.z. (New Zealand)EMSC
2020-01-04 19:18:18 +12:00 (4 Jan 07:18:18 UTC)M 5.1 / 320.3 km100km E of Tairua, New ZealandUSGS
Sat, 4 Jan 07:18 UTCM 5.0 / 269 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)BMKG

User reports for this quake (12)

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232.9 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Big earthquake
194 km W of epicenter [Map] / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) : There has been damage to the buildings
Queenstown (1151.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Gisborne / Weak shaking (MMI III)
picton / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Wairoa / Light shaking (MMI IV)
419.6 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
1228 Colyton road (405.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
305 km S of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Eketahuna (453.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Napier (291.5 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Pauanui (New Zealand, 79 km W of epicenter) : Didn't feel this at all. Don't know why considering the size and location to tairua. (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.5 quake: New Zealand, 4 Jan 2020 07:18

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (12 quakes):
  • 23 Feb 2020 20:09 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 19 Feb 2020 14:22 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    30 km (19 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Feb 2020 13:23 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Feb 2020 05:31 UTC
    | M 3.1 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (20 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 01 Feb 2020 13:17 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (18 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 29 Jan 2020 03:00 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    142.3 km (88.4 mi) depth
    |
    33 km (20 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 19 Jan 2020 17:19 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 19 Jan 2020 00:57 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (19 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jan 2020 14:48 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Jan 2020 12:28 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Jan 2020 12:25 UTC
    | M 2.3 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    33 km (21 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 11 Jan 2020 16:40 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    30 km (18 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - New Zealand on Saturday, 4 January 2020
 

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