Mag. 2.8 earthquake - 3.9 km northwest of Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, on Thursday, 14 Jan 2021 12:48 am (GMT +13) -

Mag. 2.8 earthquake  - 3.9 km northwest of Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand, on Thursday, 14 Jan 2021 12:48 am (GMT +13)

Minor magnitude 2.8 earthquake at 8 km depth

13 Jan 11:50 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 1 minutes.
13 Jan 11:51: Magnitude recalculated from 2.4 to 2.8. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.2 to 3.7 km (from 6.3 to 2.3 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.4 km (2.1 mi) towards SE.
13 Jan 11:53: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 3.7 to 7.9 km (from 2.3 to 4.9 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.8 km (2.4 mi) towards WNW.
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Date & time: 13 Jan 2021 11:48:55 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 14 Jan 2021 12:48 am (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 2.8
Depth: 7.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 45.075°S / 170.93323°E (Otago, New Zealand)
Nearby towns and cities:
4 km (2 mi) NW of Oamaru (pop: 13,000) --> See nearby quakes!
66 km (41 mi) E of Ranfurly (pop: 793) --> See nearby quakes!
80 km (49 mi) SSW of Timaru (Canterbury) (pop: 28,000) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (55 mi) NNE of Portobello (pop: 1,200) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) NNE of Dunedin (pop: 114,300) --> See nearby quakes!
112 km (70 mi) SSW of Geraldine (Canterbury) (pop: 2,300) --> See nearby quakes!
136 km (85 mi) E of Cromwell (pop: 5,160) --> See nearby quakes!
145 km (90 mi) SSW of Ashburton (Canterbury) (pop: 30,100) --> See nearby quakes!
218 km (136 mi) SW of Christchurch (Canterbury) (pop: 363,900) --> See nearby quakes!
524 km (326 mi) SW of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Scattered Clouds 13.9°C (57 F), humidity: 91%, wind: 0 m/s (0 kts) from W
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 109 joules (278 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.239 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 2.87.9 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)

User reports for this quake (9)

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oamaru north / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Was asleep and it woke me up. First time in my life I feel it so I can't compare with others but it was enough to wake me up and realize I felt my bed like if I was falling in my sleep. (Oamaru North)
North Oamaru / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s : Heard a sound similar to distant artillery fire closely followed by weak jolt. Lying awake in bed on ground floor.
Oamaru (3.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : Both the sound and shaking woke me up.
OAMARU / not felt / single vertical bump / very short : Felt like short jolt like a truck had hit the house no damage
Tees street Oamaru / not felt : I heard a roar that woke me up in Tees st Oamaru.
Oamaru / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Was asleep woke with a noise & the house creaking only lasted briefly we sleep up stairs
Oamaru north / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
Oamaru / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Awoken to the house shuddering
Oamaru / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : My friend was next to me and started crying
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