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Light mag. 4.7 earthquake - 143 km NE of Tauranga, New Zealand on Saturday, 12 September 2020

Light mag. 4.7 earthquake  - 143 km NE of Tauranga, New Zealand on Saturday, 12 September 2020
12 Sep 07:55 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
12 Sep 07:57: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 4.6. Epicenter location corrected by 7.7 km (4.8 mi) towards WSW.
12 Sep 07:59: Magnitude recalculated from 4.6 to 4.7. Epicenter location corrected by 1.3 km (0.8 mi) towards ESE.
Date & time: Saturday, 12 September 2020 07:53 UTC
Magnitude: 4.7
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 36.66977°S / 177.16365°E (New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Clark (65 km / 40 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
122 km (76 mi) NE of Pauanui (pop: 700)
123 km (77 mi) NE of Tairua (pop: 1,600)
127 km (79 mi) NW of Te Kaha (pop: 400)
143 km (89 mi) NE of Tauranga (pop: 110,300)
144 km (90 mi) N of Whakatane (pop: 18,600)
182 km (113 mi) NE of Rotorua (pop: 65,900)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
Estimated released energy: 7.1 x 1011 joules (197 megawatt hours, equivalent to 169 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sat, 12 Sep 07:53 UTCM 4.7 / 5 km143 km NE of Tauranga, New ZealandGEONET (NZ)
Sat, 12 Sep 07:53 UTCM 4.7 / 10 km122 Km ENE of Tairua, New ZealandUSGS
Sat, 12 Sep 07:53 UTCM 4.7 / 20 kmOff E. Coast Of N. Island, N.z. (New Zealand)EMSC
Sat, 12 Sep 07:53 UTCM 5.1 / 42 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z. (New Zealand)BMKG
Sat, 12 Sep 07:53 UTCM 5.0 / 34.3 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z., New ZealandGeoAu
Sat, 12 Sep 07:53 UTCM 5.1 / 42 kmOff E. Coast of N. Island, N.Z., New ZealandBMKG

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148.7 km W of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : Watching rugby on TV. Felt abit like being in a boat with a bit of a swell. | One user found this interesting.
Coromandel Town (151.8 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 10-15 s : We thought we heard a loud rumbling at the same time.
Coromandel Town (149.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Whitianga (130.3 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
128.2 km W of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Whitianga (133.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Sotting in lounge chair watching tv. Chair shook for 5 secs. (reported through our app)
Coromandal, port Charles road / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s : In a campvan by sea.
Whitianga / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s
Pauanui / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s

Significant earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Light mag. 4.7 earthquake - 143 km NE of Tauranga, New Zealand on Saturday, 12 September 2020

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