Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 9.9 km east of Motiti Island, New Zealand, on Tuesday, 4 February 2020 at 09:47 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 9.9 km east of Motiti Island, New Zealand, on Tuesday, 4 February 2020 at 09:47 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 257 km depth

4 Feb 09:50 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 3 minutes.
Feb 4 09:51: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.5.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 259.4 to 254.3 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 254.3 to 256.9 km.
Date & time: 4 Feb 2020 09:47:26 UTC
Magnitude: 5.5
Depth: 256.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 37.62954°S / 176.54582°E (South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Mayor Island (44 km / 27 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
17 km (11 mi) NNE of Maketu (pop: 1,080) --> See nearby quakes!
34 km (21 mi) E of Tauranga (pop: 110,300) --> See nearby quakes!
47 km (29 mi) NNW of Edgecumbe (pop: 1,640) --> See nearby quakes!
54 km (34 mi) NNW of Kawerau (pop: 6,700) --> See nearby quakes!
62 km (39 mi) NNE of Rotorua (pop: 65,900) --> See nearby quakes!
62 km (39 mi) NNE of Rotorua (pop: 65,900) --> See nearby quakes!
90 km (56 mi) NE of Tokoroa (pop: 14,300) --> See nearby quakes!
112 km (70 mi) E of Hamilton (pop: 152,600) --> See nearby quakes!
180 km (112 mi) ESE of Auckland (pop: 417,900) --> See nearby quakes!
434 km (270 mi) NNE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
160 km (99 mi) NNE of North Island (pop: 3,749,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.5257 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
5.1282 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGFZ
5.1317 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)BMKG
5.2286 kmNorth Island Of New ZealandEMSC
5.2282 km15km NNE of Maketu, New ZealandUSGS
5.1280 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGeoAu

User reports for this quake (36)

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46.5 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Nelson (475.5 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
89.6 km W of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
290.5 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Bit of a wobble in bed. (reported through our app)  
80.6 km W of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Tauranga / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Nelson (479.9 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Weak shaking felt on 5th floor of building.  
Napier / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Whakamarama / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Wairoa / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Light shaking of the house  
Hawkes Bay / Light shaking (MMI IV)
waitara (251.5 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Always feel the quakes I live in a mobile home (reported through our app)  
214.5 km S of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
213.1 km S of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Gisborne / Weak shaking (MMI III)
486.8 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Napier (209.7 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
299.1 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Waikanae / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
225 Minden road Te Puna Tauranga up the hill (43.3 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Quick sideways movement back and forth twice (reported through our app)  
404.2 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Ohope beach / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Weak shaking  
76.1 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
67.3 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
59.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
52.5 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
waitara (251.5 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Feilding (301.6 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Napier (211.4 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Rolling type quake (reported through our app)  
229.5 km S of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
148.4 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
(New Zealand, 180 km SE of epicenter) : Long slow roll (reported through EMSC)  
Wellington (New Zealand, 431 km S of epicenter) : felt this in Wellington (reported through EMSC)  
Napier (New Zealand, 174 km S of epicenter) : good rattle and jerky motion (reported through EMSC)  
Tauranga (New Zealand, 39 km SW of epicenter) : Felt our campervan rocking. Tauranga (reported through EMSC)  
Tauranga (New Zealand, 38 km W of epicenter) : Laid in bed in our campervan and felt the van rock. Tauranga NZ (reported through EMSC)  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (33 quakes):
  • 31 Mar 2020 07:19 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    123.9 km (77 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (13 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 29 Mar 2020 16:20 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    218.5 km (135.8 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 29 Mar 2020 00:25 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    162.5 km (101 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 26 Mar 2020 15:37 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    222.5 km (138.3 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 25 Mar 2020 00:46 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    185.3 km (115.1 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 22 Mar 2020 07:48 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    150.8 km (93.7 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (4 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 22 Mar 2020 07:13 UTC
    | M 2.3 |
    133.3 km (82.8 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 21 Mar 2020 13:38 UTC
    | M 2.3 |
    215 km (133.6 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 19 Mar 2020 16:32 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    156.9 km (97.5 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Mar 2020 11:57 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    126.3 km (78.5 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 18 Mar 2020 08:38 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    51 km (31.7 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (18 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Mar 2020 15:38 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    119.9 km (74.5 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 16 Mar 2020 09:03 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    116.5 km (72.4 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (10 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 13 Mar 2020 21:55 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    27.5 km (17.1 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 13 Mar 2020 19:43 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    150.3 km (93.4 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 12 Mar 2020 13:20 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    193.6 km (120.3 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (13 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • Show all

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