Moderate mag. 4.4 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 98 km northwest of Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand, on Tuesday, 30 Mar 2021 6:16 pm (GMT +13) -

Moderate mag. 4.4 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 98 km northwest of Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand, on Tuesday, 30 Mar 2021 6:16 pm (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 5 km depth

30 Mar 05:19 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 3 minutes.
30 Mar 05:21: Magnitude recalculated from 4.3 to 4.4. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 0.4 to 1.5 km (from 0.2 to 0.9 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.2 km (1.4 mi) towards ENE.
30 Mar 05:30: Magnitude recalculated from 4.4 to 4.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 1.5 to 5.0 km (from 0.9 to 3.1 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 16 km (9.7 mi) towards ESE.
30 Mar 05:37: Magnitude recalculated from 4.3 to 4.4. Epicenter location corrected by 3.3 km (2.1 mi) towards W.
Update Tue, 30 Mar 2021, 05:24
Moderate magnitude 4.4 quake hits 43 km west of Milford Sound, New Zealand early evening
4.4 quake 30 Mar 6:16 pm (GMT +13)
4.4 quake 30 Mar 6:16 pm (GMT +13)
New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported a magnitude 4.4 quake in New Zealand near Milford Sound, Southland District, Southland, only 8 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early evening on Tuesday 30 March 2021 at 6:16 pm local time at a very shallow depth of 1.5 km. 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 Milford Sound (pop. 440) located 43 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Te Anau (pop. 2,100) located 93 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 30 Mar 2021 05:16:06 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, 30 Mar 2021 6:16 pm (GMT +13)
Magnitude: 4.4
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 44.67448°S / 167.52307°E (Tasman Sea, New Zealand)
Nearby towns and cities:
31 km (20 mi) W of Milford Sound (pop: 435) --> See nearby quakes!
84 km (52 mi) N of Te Anau (pop: 2,070) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) WNW of Queenstown (pop: 10,400) --> See nearby quakes!
129 km (80 mi) W of Wanaka (pop: 4,430) --> See nearby quakes!
202 km (126 mi) NNW of Invercargill (pop: 47,300) --> See nearby quakes!
269 km (167 mi) WNW of Dunedin (pop: 114,300) --> See nearby quakes!
297 km (185 mi) W of Timaru (pop: 28,000) --> See nearby quakes!
346 km (215 mi) WSW of Ashburton (pop: 30,100) --> See nearby quakes!
427 km (266 mi) WSW of Christchurch (pop: 363,900) --> See nearby quakes!
700 km (435 mi) SW of Wellington (pop: 381,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 15.6°C (60 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NE
Primary data source: GEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Estimated released energy: 2.5 x 1011 joules (69.8 megawatt hours, equivalent to 60 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.
4.45 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)

User reports for this quake (2)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Thornbury Southland (185 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Drummond / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction)
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