Light mag. 3.6 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 5.8 km northwest of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand, on Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021 5:36 am (GMT +13) -

Light mag. 3.6 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 5.8 km northwest of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand, on Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021 5:36 am (GMT +13)

Light magnitude 3.6 earthquake at 12 km depth

26 Jan 16:38 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
26 Jan 16:39: Magnitude recalculated from 3.9 to 3.8.
26 Jan 16:40: Magnitude recalculated from 3.8 to 3.6. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 7.2 to 11.6 km (from 4.5 to 7.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.5 km (1.6 mi) towards SSE.
Date & time: 26 Jan 2021 16:36:01 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021 5:36 am (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 3.6
Depth: 11.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.04238°S / 174.02386°E (Tasman Sea, New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Taranaki (29 km / 18 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
6 km (4 mi) WNW of New Plymouth (pop: 49,200) --> See nearby quakes!
19 km (12 mi) WSW of Waitara (pop: 6,320) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) NNE of Opunake (pop: 1,500) --> See nearby quakes!
49 km (31 mi) NNW of Eltham (pop: 2,240) --> See nearby quakes!
65 km (40 mi) NNW of Hawera (pop: 11,100) --> See nearby quakes!
133 km (82 mi) NW of Wanganui (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
178 km (111 mi) SW of Hamilton (pop: 152,600) --> See nearby quakes!
200 km (124 mi) NW of Palmerston North (pop: 76,000) --> See nearby quakes!
252 km (157 mi) SSW of Auckland (pop: 417,900) --> See nearby quakes!
258 km (160 mi) NNW of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Scattered Clouds 14.4°C (58 F), humidity: 95%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from SW
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1010 joules (4.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 3.79 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
3.612 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
3.612 km3.6 NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALANDEMSC

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8.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single vertical bump / very short
Fitzroy New Plymouth (5.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Severe jolt  
New Plymouth (5.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 5-10 s : Sharp  
8.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single vertical bump / very short
Waitara / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Could hear quake coming an it was a violent shake  
Highlands Park, New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Woke me up out of sleep, and I heard the house make a noise.  
185 south road spotswood New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Bell Block New Plymouth / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single vertical bump / very short : Real short sharp jolt. Heard rumbling first. Bell Block in New Plymouth  
New Plymouth / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short : Short sharp jolt  
New Plymouth / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
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