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Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 64 km north of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, on Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 1:43 am (GMT +13)

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 64 km north of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, on Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 1:43 am (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 127 km depth

20 Nov 12:45 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
20 Nov 12:47: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 153.2 to 128.0 km (from 95 to 80 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.7 km (2.9 mi) towards SE.
20 Nov 12:49: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.2.
20 Nov 13:15: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 128.0 to 126.7 km (from 80 to 79 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.1 km (1.3 mi) towards SSW.
Update Fri, 20 Nov 2020, 12:48
Moderate yet deep earthquake of magnitude 5.1 just reported 175 km south of Hamilton, New Zealand
5.1 quake 21 Nov 1:43 am (GMT +13)
5.1 quake 21 Nov 1:43 am (GMT +13)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred early morning on Saturday 21 November 2020 at 1.43 am local time near the village of National Park, New Zealand, as reported by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at an intermediate depth of 128 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake.
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. Weak shaking might have been felt in National Park (pop. 500) located 36 km from the epicenter, Ohura (pop. 200) 57 km away, Waiouru (pop. 1,300) 57 km away, Waverley (pop. 900) 58 km away, Meremere (pop. 400) 62 km away, Palmerston North (pop. 76,000) 123 km away, Rotorua (pop. 65,900) 170 km away, and Hamilton (pop. 152,600) 175 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Nov 20, 2020 12:43:16 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 at 1:43 am (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 126.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.35767°S / 175.02173°E (Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand)
Antipode: 39.358°N / 4.978°W
Nearest volcano: Ruapehu (47 km / 29 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
38 km (24 mi) WSW of National Park (pop: 500) --> See nearby quakes!
64 km (40 mi) N of Whanganui (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
69 km (43 mi) ENE of Hawera (Taranaki) (pop: 11,100) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (49 mi) ESE of Waitara (Taranaki) (pop: 6,320) --> See nearby quakes!
87 km (54 mi) ESE of New Plymouth (Taranaki) (pop: 49,200) --> See nearby quakes!
122 km (76 mi) NNW of Palmerston North (pop: 76,000) --> See nearby quakes!
160 km (99 mi) W of Hastings (Hawke's Bay) (pop: 61,700) --> See nearby quakes!
177 km (110 mi) S of Hamilton (Waikato) (pop: 152,600) --> See nearby quakes!
216 km (134 mi) N of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 10°C (50 F), humidity: 98%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from NNE
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.2127 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
4.8144 kmNORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALANDEMSC
4.8139 km55 Km NE of Patea, New ZealandUSGS
4.8130 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGeoAu
5.2131 kmNorth Island, New ZealandBMKG
4.8135 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGFZ

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35 km of Porirua, Wellington (190.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Just another weak earthquake - no problems | One user found this interesting.  
  • could be problem yeti
  • could be problem yeti
Hawkes Bay (163.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / very short (reported through our app)
Maharakeke, Central Hawke's Bay District, Hawke's Bay (139.5 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging (reported through our app)
Nelson (260.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Wellington (215.8 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
near Patea, South Taranaki District, Taranaki (55.2 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
Wanganui (65.6 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui (122.9 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui (122.3 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Napiee (163.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Auckland / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Kaiteriteri / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Picton / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Havelock North / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Hear noise like rumble the bed was shaking  
Havelock North / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Hear noise like rumble the bed was shaking  
Waiouru / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (31 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jan 19, 2021 10:51
1 year 17 weeks ago
2.1

19 km
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Jan 16, 2021 11:19
1 year 17 weeks ago
3.4

27 km
66 km N of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Jan 13, 2021 01:25
1 year 18 weeks ago
2.3

20 km
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Jan 12, 2021 10:54
1 year 18 weeks ago
3.4

24 km
Moutoa Island, 44 km N of Whanganui, New ZealandMore
Jan 7, 2021 04:54
1 year 19 weeks ago
2.2

19 km
73 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Jan 5, 2021 23:55
1 year 19 weeks ago
2.8

85 km
63 km N of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Jan 2, 2021 09:18
1 year 19 weeks ago
2.6

18 km
71 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Jan 1, 2021 13:09
1 year 19 weeks ago
3.0

21 km
72 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Dec 30, 2020 19:42
1 year 20 weeks ago
2.0

12 km
Taranaki, 82 km N of Whanganui, New ZealandMore
Dec 23, 2020 12:09
1 year 21 weeks ago
2.0

10.5 km
Taranaki, 33 km NW of Moutoa Island, Wellington, New ZealandMore
Dec 21, 2020 08:20
1 year 21 weeks ago
2.3

20 km
30 km W of National Park, Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Dec 20, 2020 02:30
1 year 21 weeks ago
2.6

18 km
20 km SW of National Park, Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Dec 16, 2020 02:01
1 year 22 weeks ago
2.4

21 km
29 km SW of National Park, Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Dec 11, 2020 18:49
1 year 22 weeks ago
2.9

142 km
68 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Dec 9, 2020 16:37
1 year 23 weeks ago
2.7

21 km
71 km N of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Dec 8, 2020 19:06
1 year 23 weeks ago
2.2

130 km
53 km N of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Dec 8, 2020 00:32
1 year 23 weeks ago
2.2

21 km
73 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Dec 7, 2020 23:59
1 year 23 weeks ago
2.2

21 km
33 km SW of National Park, Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Dec 6, 2020 11:52
1 year 23 weeks ago
2.3

16 km
52 km N of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Dec 1, 2020 13:22
1 year 24 weeks ago
2.2

118 km
76 km N of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Nov 30, 2020 17:55
1 year 24 weeks ago
2.2

20 km
23 km W of National Park, Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Nov 30, 2020 02:53
1 year 24 weeks ago
2.6

17 km
13 km E of Aotuhia, Stratford District, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Nov 29, 2020 17:12
1 year 24 weeks ago
4.6

140 km
66 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Nov 29, 2020 16:42
1 year 24 weeks ago
2.7

17 km
Manawatu-Wanganui, 73 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Nov 28, 2020 04:42
1 year 24 weeks ago
2.4

19 km
60 km N of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Nov 26, 2020 17:39
1 year 24 weeks ago
2.3

21 km
67 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Nov 25, 2020 17:56
1 year 25 weeks ago
2.1

8.7 km
24 km W of National Park, Ruapehu District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Nov 24, 2020 12:04
1 year 25 weeks ago
2.0

103 km
71 km N of Whanganui, Wanganui District, Manawatu-Wanganui, New ZealandMore
Nov 23, 2020 22:00
1 year 25 weeks ago
2.0

25 km
67 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore
Nov 22, 2020 06:27
1 year 25 weeks ago
2.3

24 km
56 km NE of Hawera, South Taranaki District, New ZealandMore
Nov 22, 2020 00:55
1 year 25 weeks ago
2.5

19 km
73 km E of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New ZealandMore

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