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Minor mag. 3.6 earthquake - 131 km N of Whakatane, New Zealand on Thursday, 3 September 2020

Minor mag. 3.6 earthquake  - 131 km N of Whakatane, New Zealand on Thursday, 3 September 2020
3 Sep 05:22 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 2.8 to 5.0 km.
Date & time: Thursday, 3 September 2020 05:19 UTC
Magnitude: 3.6
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 36.78696°S / 177.13516°E (New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Clark (76 km / 47 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
116 km (72 mi) NE of Pauanui (pop: 700)
116 km (72 mi) NW of Te Kaha (pop: 400)
117 km (73 mi) NE of Tairua (pop: 1,600)
132 km (82 mi) NE of Tauranga (pop: 110,300)
170 km (105 mi) NE of Rotorua (pop: 65,900)
198 km (123 mi) NE of Hamilton (pop: 152,600)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1010 joules (4.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 3.79 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Thu, 3 Sep 05:19 UTCM 3.6 / 5 km131 km N of Whakatane, New ZealandGEONET (NZ)
Sun, 6 Sep 18:43 UTCM 3.2 / 8 kmSan Francisco Bay Area, Calif. (USA)EMSC

User reports for this quake (48)

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Chinatown (United States, 28 km W of epicenter) : Jiggled the sofa (reported through EMSC)
Mission District (United States, 28 km W of epicenter) : I felt the floor rumble under my feet and the ceiling shook just slightly. (reported through EMSC)
San Mateo (United States, 26 km SW of epicenter) : Wow (reported through EMSC)
Fremont (United States, 21 km SE of epicenter) : Slight shake. Barely felt. (reported through EMSC)
Fremont (United States, 21 km SE of epicenter) : Heard the house floor boards creek for a brief second and that was it. (reported through EMSC)
Walnut Creek (United States, 21 km N of epicenter) : On fourth floor of five-story office building. Felt like a swaying rumble. (reported through EMSC)
Pleasanton (United States, 21 km E of epicenter) : Dublin felt a little roll couple seconds (reported through EMSC)
Emeryville (United States, 20 km NW of epicenter) : Rumbly (reported through EMSC)
Emeryville (United States, 20 km NW of epicenter) : House shook, I heard some but didn't feel any in my feet (reported through EMSC)
Emeryville (United States, 20 km NW of epicenter) : Quick, sharp jolt with a bit of shaking from side to side. (reported through EMSC)
Walnut Creek (United States of America, 20 km N of epicenter) : Heard a rumbling and saw porch decorations jingle (reported through EMSC)
Blackhawk (United States, 20 km NE of epicenter) : One big jolt, enough to make my heart skip a beat. (reported through EMSC)
Orinda (United States, 19 km NW of epicenter) : It was a good shake. The cat ran like crazy. (reported through EMSC)
Orinda (United States, 19 km NW of epicenter) : Did not feel anything. (reported through EMSC)
Lafayette (United States, 18 km NW of epicenter) : About a minute ago, I felt a very quick vibration. (reported through EMSC)
Lafayette (United States, 18 km NW of epicenter) : Reported this on the one a bit earlier (which we probably didn’t feel). This was a slight side to side one second shake/shimmy and rumble. One of the three of us didn’t notice it. (reported through EMSC)
Oakland (United States of America, 18 km NW of epicenter) : Shook (reported through EMSC)
Diablo (United States, 18 km NE of epicenter) : Just light rumbling for 5 seconds (reported through EMSC)
Oakland (United States, 18 km NW of epicenter) : Oakland (reported through EMSC)
Oakland (United States, 18 km NW of epicenter) : Slow roll... felt like I was having a dizzy spell (reported through EMSC)
Oakland (United States, 18 km NW of epicenter) : Whole building shook once. (reported through EMSC)
Piedmont (United States, 16 km NW of epicenter) : Slight quick shake. (reported through EMSC)
Piedmont (United States, 16 km NW of epicenter) : Short sweet jolt! (reported through EMSC)
Piedmont (United States, 16 km NW of epicenter) : A brief shaking in Oakland. Not enough to rattle items on the wall but def noticeable (reported through EMSC)
Piedmont (United States, 16 km NW of epicenter) : I’m in Oakland near Hayward fault and 580 freeway. Light rumbling vibration. (reported through EMSC)
Union City (United States of America, 16 km SE of epicenter) : House shook for a second (reported through EMSC)
Alameda (United States, 15 km W of epicenter) : It felt like if someone had dropped something heavy. More like a thud. (reported through EMSC)
Alameda (United States, 15 km W of epicenter) : Jolt. (reported through EMSC)
Alameda (United States, 15 km W of epicenter) : Quick Jolt in house (reported through EMSC)
Dublin (United States, 15 km E of epicenter) : Desk suddenly jolted (reported through EMSC)
Alameda (United States of America, 14 km W of epicenter) : The windows rattled for a few seconds (reported through EMSC)
San Ramon (United States of America, 13 km NE of epicenter) : On my bed there was a quick shake. (reported through EMSC)
Moraga (United States, 13 km NW of epicenter) : Just a little thump (reported through EMSC)
Fairview (United States, 7 km SE of epicenter) : There was an earthquake? Hmmm... Didn't feel anything.. (reported through EMSC)
Hayward (United States, 6 km S of epicenter) : I felt like my couch moved so knew it was an earthquake. Very subtle. (reported through EMSC)
Hayward (United States of America, 6 km S of epicenter) : Swift jolt (reported through EMSC)
Hayward (United States of America, 6 km S of epicenter) : felt it. (reported through EMSC)
San Leandro (United States, 5 km W of epicenter) : Quick little rumble (reported through EMSC)
San Leandro (United States, 5 km W of epicenter) : Quick sharp jolt. (reported through EMSC)
San Leandro (United States, 5 km W of epicenter) : Felt that jolt! But husband and sons didnt. Daughters felt it (reported through EMSC)
San Leandro (United States, 5 km W of epicenter) : Sounded like a door slammed (reported through EMSC)
San Leandro (United States, 5 km W of epicenter) : East Oakland hills. One person in residence felt it but the other didn’t notice. Cats noticed but it didn’t impact their behavior. (reported through EMSC)
San Lorenzo (United States of America, 5 km SW of epicenter) : Fast single jolt (reported through EMSC)
San Lorenzo (United States, 5 km SW of epicenter) : Quick jolt (reported through EMSC)
Cherryland (United States, 5 km S of epicenter) : Felt like three quick thrusting movements in a northwest to southeastern direction. Startling. (reported through EMSC)
Cherryland (United States, 5 km S of epicenter) : Sudden jolt (reported through EMSC)
Castro Valley (United States, 3 km SE of epicenter) : Quick jolt. Thought someone had hit the outside wall with their car. (reported through EMSC)
San Leandro (United States, 3 km W of epicenter) : slight shake (reported through EMSC)

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