Minor mag. 3.5 earthquake - 14 km southeast of Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, on Monday, 16 November 2020 at 22:18 (GMT) -

Minor mag. 3.5 earthquake  - 14 km southeast of Levin, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, on Monday, 16 November 2020 at 22:18 (GMT)

Minor magnitude 3.5 earthquake at 23 km depth

16 Nov 22:20 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
16 Nov 22:21: Magnitude recalculated from 3.4 to 3.5. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 24.9 to 22.9 km (from 15.5 to 14.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1 km (0.6 mi) towards SW.
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Date & time: 16 Nov 2020 10:18:32 UTC -
Magnitude: 3.5
Depth: 22.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 40.72544°S / 175.38925°E (New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Ruapehu (162 km / 101 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
14 km (9 mi) SE of Levin (pop: 19,800)
20 km (13 mi) E of Otaki (pop: 6,090)
34 km (21 mi) NW of Masterton (pop: 20,700)
38 km (24 mi) NE of Paraparaumu (pop: 25,300)
45 km (28 mi) SW of Palmerston North (pop: 76,000)
54 km (34 mi) NE of Upper Hutt (pop: 38,400)
68 km (42 mi) NE of Lower Hutt (pop: 101,200)
81 km (50 mi) NE of Wellington (pop: 381,900)
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1010 joules (3.12 megawatt hours, equivalent to 2.68 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 3.523 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
M 3.523 km3.5 NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALANDEMSC

User reports for this quake (133)

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West Beach, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : I was asleep but woke up from a sound, low rumbling sound. Then very light shaking of the house and the feeling of having vertigo. I went on for a short while. Maybe 3-4 seconds. We had one on 27 September. It is extremely rare for Cape Town so I am worried why we are having more. Very scary. Especially as it is so unusual for us. | 13 users found this interesting.
Surrey Estate. Cape Town / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / 5-10 s : I'm sitting on my bed working on my laptop. Felt the shaking. Felt the house shaking. Felt the bed shaking for about +- 10 sec. My heart is beating so fast right now. It's very scary. | 6 users found this interesting.
Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : At 12:28am, Tuesday 17 November 2020, I heard a rumbling sound in the sky and then after a few seconds I felt a vibration through the floor of my bedroom from one end to the other end. | 3 users found this interesting.
Melkbosstrand, West Coast, Western Cape, South Afr (11411.9 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Rumbling sound for a few seconds followed by ground vibrating beneath us. We were indoors in the kitchen. We are a few hundred meters from the coast. | 2 users found this interesting.
Cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : We could hear a low rumble and felt light shaking in our 2nd floor apartment in Vredehoek, Cape Town. It came on quite suddenly and gradually subsided over roughly 15 seconds. | 2 users found this interesting.
Cape Town (11381.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I hear it coming like an airplane for about two seconds then felt it move through the house. The bed my wife was in shook and the couch I was on shook side to side as well | One user found this interesting.
  • I thought I was mistaken but the the vibration
Cape town / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Lasted a few seconds | 3 users found this interesting.
11400.5 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Woken at 00h27 in Cape Town 17/11/2020 by vibrating and rumbling | 2 users found this interesting.
Bellville capetown / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Just past 12 last night we woke up to the dogs going crazy everything shaking tables glasses, even the bed the doors and windows were rattling | One user found this interesting.
Brackenfell / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It was around 00:26 when l heard a loud roaming noise. I thought it was an airplane but as it came closer everything was trembling in the house. My feet felt like there is something moving underground with great echos. I went to wake my hubby he was up already. The flat made a squeaking noise & it went lighter & lighter. | One user found this interesting.
Yzerfontein West Coast South Africa / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Thundering and shaking from beneath house at 27 minutes past midnight on 33.19 lattitude Yzerfontein West Coadt South Africa | One user found this interesting.
Cape Town (11381.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I hear it coming like an airplane for about two seconds then felt it move through the house. The bed my wife was in shook and the couch I was on shook side to side as well
Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa (11380.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s : About 28 min after midnight. Awake and felt rumbling sound and shaking for about 2 seconds. Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa
Melkbosstrand, Cape Town 17 November 2020 @00h28 (11581 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : I was semi awake lying in bed, when I heard my son shout Mom from his room next door, and at the same time I heard a rumbling noise. As I immediately answered him, the floor shook slightly for a few seconds and then all went quiet again.
349.5 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Quite intense shaking, literally went through my body from head to toe, felt like it went from north to west. Things and windows rattled and dogs went crazy after. My first experience actually.
11381.2 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : I had just fallen asleep when I heard rolling thunder next minute the bed started vibrating and the entire house started shaking.
Cape Town, South Africa (11381.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 1-2 s : Very light shaking. Was initially confused whether it was a tremor of an earthquake or whether there was something outside causing vibrations. The windows of the room I was in rattled and my bed shook slightly.
Southern Suburbs / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Rumbling sound and shaking | 2 users found this interesting.
  • Felt in Grassy Park as well
Blouberg, cape town (11397.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I jiggled in my bed. | One user found this interesting.
Cape town ,South Africa / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 5-10 s : I could hear it was coming it started shaking in my living room then came to Me then my room started shaking even my bed then it left
Cape Town, Mitchell's plain / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I Was laying on the couch watching television, all of a sudden the dogs were barking and I heard a loud noise but couldn't identify what it was exactly. Then the couch literally shook.
Table view / not felt : Approx 1.33am SA time, I heard a feint rumble (my dog started barking just before it started) - this is likely the aftershock of the quake roughly an hour earlier south of Saldanah. As with that one no shaking felt.
Claremont / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : OMG!!! Scary!!!! It’s a first for me. Our house shook for about 10 seconds. And now there’s no WiFi. My heart is still in my throat!!
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I was already awake when I experienced it. I could hear my house creak and the floor was vibrating. I probably would’ve slept through it if I wasn’t awake
59 eland street kewtown athlone cape town south af (11382 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : My bed was shaking, windows rattling and loud noise
59 eland street kewtown athlone cape town western (11380.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / rattling, vibrating : Like my bed was vibrating and the windows were rattling and the sound of a tremor
Somerset West (11362 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : It was scary.
Bothasig, Cape town (11391.6 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
South Africa,Western Cape, Stellenbosch (11373.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s
11380.1 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 5-10 s
11390.2 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
11370.9 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Thought a bus was passing by
Pinelands, Cape Town (11385.3 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
11386.7 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Milnerton (11393.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
Cape Town (11391.3 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
Cape Town (10978.9 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s
Gardens, Cape Toen (11387.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Heard the sound for a short while and then the shaking started.
11390.8 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
11363.2 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I felt it
11373.5 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
Blouberg (11399.6 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 1-2 s
11381.9 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : The earth and house shook
Kuils River, Cape Town, South Africa (11378.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 10-15 s : Windows rattling. Low Rumbling sound throughout the tremor. 12:34am in Cpt SA
Cape Town, South Africa (11381.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Woke up to shaking
Cape town (11386.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Cape Town, South Africa (11342.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
11391.6 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
11390.4 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
11385.6 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / very short
Cape town, South africa (11384.4 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
11375.9 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Cape Town, South Africa (11370.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
11387.3 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Blouberg (11398.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Second one since the one on 27 September
11365.7 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cape Town (1699.7 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Sea Point Cape Town (11389.9 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
11392.4 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / very short
Tuscany Glen / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Woke up with a shatter tremble going through my house
Hout Bay, Western province / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Cape Town / not felt
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Bed vibrations in passing way..
Atlantis / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 10-15 s
Wetton. Cape town. South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Rumbling sound and felt a vibration
Bothasig, Cape Town / not felt : None felt, we were asleep, didn't notice.
Brackenfell / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
35a regent road / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cape Town, South Africa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Brooklyn / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling
Cape town / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Kuilsriver, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Lansdowne, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s
Cape town Garden Village / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling : It was my first time feeling an earthquake. I thought the world was ending
Ysterplaat / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Bellville / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Was in bed just after midnight heared deep rumbling dogs went crazy while this sound continued
Cape Town / not felt / 5-10 s
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I felt it
South Africa, Cape Town, Kraaifontein / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Melkbosstrand / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Cape Town, South Africa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s
Cape Town South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Durbanville / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Harfield Village, Cape Town, South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : 00:28 Cape Town time Vibrating, continuous - felt ‘long’ Woke from sleep
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Harfield Village, Cape Town, South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Vibration like, ‘continuous’, bed vibrating - woke up
Cape Town South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
Northern suburbs / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s : I was in bed, around 12:28 i felt the rumble, it sounded almost like a airplane landing rumble
Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 10-15 s : Windows rattling bed lightly shook. Sounded like an airplane was coming for a few seconds.
Cape town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Grassy Park / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Cape Town / not felt / 2-5 s : A low sound
Newlands, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / very short
Cae Town / not felt / 2-5 s
South Africa, Cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : It felt like a heavy construction truck or a digging into the ground!
Cape Town South Africa / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s
cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Goodwood / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
12 sparrow street / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Hout Bay, Western province / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Oranjezicht, Cape Town, South Africa / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Cape town, burgundy estate / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Cape Town / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Pinelands CPe Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Bellville, South Africa / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Cape Town South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short
Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
cape town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : windows shooks, dogs freaked out
Stellenbosch / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s
Capetown south Africa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Walls shook and floor was vibrating
Capetown / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Based in Capetown
South Africa Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short
Brackenfell, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Rylands / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
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