Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 18 km north of Bauza Island, New Zealand, on Friday, 22 Jan 2021 2:51 am (GMT +13) -

Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 18 km north of Bauza Island, New Zealand, on Friday, 22 Jan 2021 2:51 am (GMT +13)

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 18 km depth

21 Jan 13:53 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
21 Jan 13:59: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 11.6 to 18.0 km (from 7.2 to 11.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6.6 km (4.1 mi) towards SE.
Update Thu, 21 Jan 2021, 14:00
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.0 just reported 75 km northwest of Te Anau, New Zealand
5.0 quake 22 Jan 2:51 am (GMT +13)
5.0 quake 22 Jan 2:51 am (GMT +13)
New Zealand was shaken near Te Anau, Southland District, Southland, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 only 9 minutes ago, New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 18 km beneath the epicenter near Te Anau, Southland District, Southland, New Zealand, early morning on Friday 22 January 2021 at 2:51 am local time. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
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 Te Anau (pop. 2,100) located 75 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 21 Jan 2021 13:51:18 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 22 Jan 2021 2:51 am (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 18.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 45.14175°S / 166.8445°E (Tasman Sea, New Zealand)
Nearby towns and cities:
75 km (46 mi) WNW of Te Anau (pop: 2,070) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) W of Queenstown (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
148 km (92 mi) W of Kingston (pop: 2,460) --> See nearby quakes!
182 km (113 mi) NW of Invercargill (pop: 47,300) --> See nearby quakes!
185 km (115 mi) W of Cromwell (pop: 5,160) --> See nearby quakes!
195 km (121 mi) WNW of Gore (pop: 12,100) --> See nearby quakes!
297 km (184 mi) WNW of Dunedin (pop: 114,300) --> See nearby quakes!
358 km (222 mi) WSW of Timaru (pop: 28,000) --> See nearby quakes!
411 km (256 mi) WSW of Ashburton (pop: 30,100) --> See nearby quakes!
772 km (480 mi) SW of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
220 km (137 mi) NNW of Stewart Island (pop: 387) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 13.2°C (56 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from WSW
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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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.
5.018 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
4.832 km79 Km WNW of Te Anau, New ZealandUSGS
4.830 kmOFF W. COAST OF S. ISLAND, N.Z., New ZealandEMSC
4.710 kmOff W. Coast of S. Island, N.Z., New ZealandGFZ

User reports for this quake (2)

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Palmerston NT Australia (4605.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : I was lying in bed when I felt the bed shaking a little  
183.4 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Lying in bed and felt bed suddenly start shaking  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes):
  • 21 Mar 2021 01:36 UTC
    | M 2.3 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 17 Mar 2021 01:03 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    15 km (9 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 26 Feb 2021 16:58 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    12 km (7.5 mi) depth
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 04 Feb 2021 09:55 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    10.5 km (6.5 mi) depth
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details
  • 02 Feb 2021 12:03 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    26.9 km (16.7 mi) depth
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | GEONET (NZ) | Details

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