Mag. 4.6 earthquake - 53 km east of Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on 25 Oct 10:14 pm (GMT +13) -

Mag. 4.6 earthquake  - 53 km east of Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on 25 Oct 10:14 pm (GMT +13)

Light magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 28 km depth

25 Oct 09:16 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
25 Oct 09:17: Magnitude recalculated from 4.6 to 4.5.
25 Oct 09:18: Magnitude recalculated from 4.5 to 4.4. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 29.8 to 28.8 km (from 18.5 to 17.9 mi).
25 Oct 09:19: Magnitude recalculated from 4.4 to 4.6. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 28.8 to 28.4 km (from 17.9 to 17.6 mi).
Update Sun, 25 Oct 2020, 09:34
Light magnitude 4.6 earthquake 124 km east of Tauranga, New Zealand
4.6 quake: 32 Km NE of Opotiki, New Zealand, 25 Oct 2020 09:14
4.6 quake: 32 Km NE of Opotiki, New Zealand, 25 Oct 2020 09:14
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake was reported only 20 minutes ago by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet), considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in New Zealand. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 28 km beneath the epicenter late at night on Sunday 25 October at 10.14 pm local time. The magnitude, exact epicenter location and depth of the quake are likely to be revised within the next few hours as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service at VolcanoDiscovery identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.6 as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Towns or cities near the epicenter that are likely to be affected include Opotiki (pop. 4,000) at a distance of 32 km with weak shaking, Whakatane (pop. 18,600) at a distance of 53 km with weak shaking, Rotorua (pop. 65,900) at a distance of 121 km with weak shaking, and Tauranga (pop. 110,300) at a distance of 124 km with weak shaking.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 25 Oct 2020 09:14:28 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 25 Oct 10:14 pm (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 4.6
Depth: 28.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 37.81948°S / 177.56871°E (New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: White Island (48 km / 30 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
13 km (8 mi) SW of Te Kaha (pop: 403)
32 km (20 mi) NE of Opotiki (pop: 4,040)
53 km (33 mi) ENE of Whakatane (pop: 18,600)
56 km (35 mi) ENE of Taneatua (Whakatane District) (pop: 813)
67 km (42 mi) ENE of Edgecumbe (pop: 1,640)
82 km (51 mi) ENE of Kawerau (pop: 6,700)
271 km (168 mi) ESE of Auckland (pop: 417,900)
454 km (282 mi) NNE of Wellington (pop: 381,900)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 16.1°C (61 F), humidity: 83%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from N
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
M 4.628 km- 33 km NE of Opotiki, New ZealandGEONET (NZ)
M 4.652 kmOff E. Coast Of N. Island, N.z., New ZealandEMSC
M 4.648 km33 Km NE of Opotiki, New ZealandUSGS
M 4.648 km33 Km NE of Opotiki, New ZealandUSGS

User reports for this quake (6)

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Opotiki / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was just going to sleep. Then felt a little shaking at 1st then a noisy truck like noise then fast shaking.havnt felt anything like that b4 not from here tho.
67.5 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
129.1 km W of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Opotiki / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Whakatāne / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Opotaki / Light shaking (MMI IV)
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