Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Central Hawke\'s Bay District, 84 km east of Palmerston North, New Zealand, on Wednesday, 24 Feb 2021 7:18 pm (GMT +13) -

Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Central Hawke\'s Bay District, 84 km east of Palmerston North, New Zealand, on Wednesday, 24 Feb 2021 7:18 pm (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 15 km depth

24 Feb 06:20 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
24 Feb 06:22: Magnitude recalculated from 4.3 to 4.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 13.6 to 15.4 km (from 8.5 to 9.6 mi).
Update Wed, 24 Feb 2021, 06:24
Moderate magnitude 4.2 quake hits 93 km southwest of Napier City, New Zealand early evening
4.2 quake 24 Feb 7:18 pm (GMT +13)
4.2 quake 24 Feb 7:18 pm (GMT +13)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 occurred only 6 minutes ago 93 km southwest of Napier City, New Zealand, New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 15.4 km beneath the epicenter near Napier City, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, early evening on Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 7:18 pm local time. 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.3.
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 Takapau (pop. 600) located 36 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Hastings (pop. 61,700) located 76 km from the epicenter, Palmerston North (pop. 76,000) 84 km away, Taradale (pop. 16,600) 87 km away, and Napier City (pop. 56,800) 93 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 24 Feb 2021 06:18:15 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 24 Feb 2021 7:18 pm (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 4.2
Depth: 15.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 40.29192°S / 176.59889°E (Central Hawke's Bay District, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand)
Nearest volcano: Ruapehu (143 km / 89 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
36 km (22 mi) SE of Takapau (pop: 597) --> See nearby quakes!
76 km (47 mi) SSW of Hastings (pop: 61,700) --> See nearby quakes!
84 km (52 mi) E of Palmerston North (Manawatu-Wanganui) (pop: 76,000) --> See nearby quakes!
87 km (54 mi) SSW of Taradale (Napier City) (pop: 16,600) --> See nearby quakes!
93 km (58 mi) SSW of Napier City (pop: 56,800) --> See nearby quakes!
109 km (68 mi) NE of Masterton (Wellington) (pop: 20,700) --> See nearby quakes!
138 km (86 mi) ESE of Wanganui (Manawatu-Wanganui) (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
175 km (109 mi) NE of Lower Hutt (Wellington) (pop: 101,200) --> See nearby quakes!
189 km (118 mi) NE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
301 km (187 mi) SSE of Hamilton (Waikato) (pop: 152,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 23.9°C (75 F), humidity: 52%, wind: 4 m/s (9 kts) from W
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
4.215 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
4.523 kmNORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALANDEMSC
4.523 km71 Km NE of Castlepoint, New ZealandUSGS

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