Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, on Wednesday, 6 Jan 2021 7:20 pm (GMT +13) -

Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake  - South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, on Wednesday, 6 Jan 2021 7:20 pm (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 33 km depth

6 Jan 06:24 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 4 minutes.
6 Jan 06:25: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.6.
6 Jan 06:26: Magnitude recalculated from 5.6 to 5.7.
6 Jan 06:32: Magnitude recalculated from 5.7 to 5.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 56.6 to 33.0 km (from 35 to 21 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 175 km (109 mi) towards E.
Date & time: 6 Jan 2021 06:20:32 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 6 Jan 2021 7:20 pm (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 29.13439°S / 176.67683°W (South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Raoul Island (122 km / 76 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
1557 km (967 mi) NNE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
113 km (70 mi) E of Napier Island --> See nearby quakes!
122 km (76 mi) E of Sunday Island --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 21.7°C (71 F), humidity: 80%, wind: 8 m/s (15 kts) from S
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 5.933 km- Kermadec Islands regionGEONET (NZ)
M 6.245 kmKermadec Islands Region, New ZealandGFZ
M 5.980 kmKermadec Islands, New ZealandBMKG
M 6.147 kmKermadec Islands, New ZealandGeoAu
M 6.226 kmKermadec Islands Region, New ZealandUSGS
M 6.320 kmNew Zealand [Sea]INGV

User reports for this quake (3)

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1860 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / very short : Quick jolt and bit of a noise in the walls then stopped as soon as it started n jolted. (reported through our app)
Auckland / not felt
Manzanillo, Mexico / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
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Aftershocks of the 5.9 quake South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, 6 Jan 2021 7:20 pm (GMT +13)

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 06 Jan 2021 16:17 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    53 km (33 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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