Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - 63 km west of Tuatapere, Southland District, New Zealand, on Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020 6:33 am (GMT +13) -
Light magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 67 km depth
29 Dec 17:35 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
29 Dec 17:36: Magnitude recalculated from 4.1 to 4.6.
29 Dec 17:43: Magnitude recalculated from 4.6 to 4.8. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 68.5 to 67.0 km (from 43 to 42 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.1 km (0.7 mi) towards SSW.
Update Tue, 29 Dec 2020, 17:39Light magnitude 4.6 quake hits 63 km northwest of Tuatapere, New Zealand early morning
4.6 quake 30 Dec 6:33 am (GMT +13)
Just 6 minutes ago, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck near Tuatapere, Southland District, Southland, New Zealand. The tremor was recorded early morning on Wednesday 30 December 2020 at 6:33 am local time, at a moderately shallow depth of 68.5 km below the surface.
The event was filed by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet), the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.1 earthquake.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Tuatapere (pop. 700) located 63 km from the epicenter, Manapouri (pop. 250) 71 km away, and Te Anau (pop. 2,100) 89 km away.
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Date & time: 29 Dec 2020 17:33:32 UTC -
Local time at epicenter:
Wednesday, 30 Dec 2020 6:33 am (GMT +13)
Depth: 67.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 45.98671°S / 166.89949°E
, New Zealand
Nearby towns and cities:63 km (39 mi) WNW of Tuatapere
(pop: 696) --> See nearby quakes!90 km (56 mi) SW of Te Anau
(pop: 2,070) --> See nearby quakes!95 km (59 mi) WNW of Riverton
(pop: 1,650) --> See nearby quakes!112 km (70 mi) W of Winton
(pop: 2,190) --> See nearby quakes!121 km (75 mi) WNW of Invercargill
(pop: 47,300) --> See nearby quakes!158 km (98 mi) W of Gore
(pop: 12,100) --> See nearby quakes!279 km (173 mi) W of Dunedin (Otago)
(pop: 114,300) --> See nearby quakes!384 km (239 mi) WSW of Timaru (Canterbury)
(pop: 28,000) --> See nearby quakes!446 km (277 mi) SW of Ashburton (Canterbury)
(pop: 30,100) --> See nearby quakes!821 km (510 mi) SW of Wellington
(pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 8.5°C
(47 F), humidity: 100%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from SW
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ)
(Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012
joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 tons of TNT) More info
Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies
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|4.8||67 km||- 94 km SW of Te Anau, New Zealand||GEONET (NZ)|
|4.4||86 km||SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND||EMSC|
|4.4||86 km||94 Km SW of Te Anau, New Zealand||USGS|
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Kingston , Queenstown / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : It felt like a tremor
127.3 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 1-2 s : Felt a quick shake that rattled and moved my mirrors on my duchess. Shaking took a while to subside. I live in Bluff, Southland NZ.
Oban Stewart Island (134.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Was already awake in bed when felt gentle shaking but recognised it as an earthquake probably about 10 sec duration.
Invercargill / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Invercargill
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