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Mag. 3.2 earthquake - 14 km west of Jindabyne, Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales, Australia, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 10:15 am (Sydney time)

A light magnitude 3.2 earthquake hit 14.2 km (9 mi) away from Jindabyne, New South Wales,  Australia, in the morning of Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 10.15 am local time (Australia/Sydney GMT +10). The quake had a very shallow depth of 3.8 km (2.4 mi) and was felt widely in the area.

Mag. 3.2 earthquake - 14 km west of Jindabyne, Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales, Australia, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 10:15 am (Sydney time) Mag. 3.2 earthquake - 14 km west of Jindabyne, Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales, Australia, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 10:15 am (Sydney time)

Light magnitude 3.2 earthquake at 4 km depth

5 May 00:19 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.
5 May 00:42: Now using data updates from EMSC
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5 May 04:08: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 5.0 to 3.8 km (from 3.1 to 2.4 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.6 km (1.6 mi) towards WNW.
Update Wed, 5 May 2021, 00:31

Earthquake reported few minutes ago near Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia

We are receiving unverified early reports of seismic activity in or near Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia on 5 May 2021 (GMT) at approximately 00:16.
There are no details yet on the magnitude or depth of this earthquake. We expect more accurate data to emerge in the next few minutes. The location and magnitude mentioned are indicative and temporary until the AllQuakes monitoring service receives more exact scientific data from a national or international seismological agency. Check back here shortly and stay safe.
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Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 5, 2021 00:15:00 UTC
Local time at epicenterWednesday, May 5, 2021, at 10:15 am (Australia/Sydney GMT +10)
StatusConfirmed (manually revised)
Magnitude3.2
Depth3.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude36.447°S / 148.468°E Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales, Australia
Seismic antipode36.447°N / 31.532°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt129 reports
Primary data sourceGeoAu (Geoscience Australia )
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 109 joules (1.11 megawatt hours, equivalent to 0.951 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

The closest larger town where the quake might have been felt is Kosciuszko National Park, a town with 7,900 inhabitants in Australia, in 20 km (13 mi) distance north of the epicenter. People likely experienced very weak shaking there. Several smaller towns and villages are located closer to the epicenter and might have experienced stronger shaking. In the capital of  Australia, Canberra, 142 km (89 mi) away from the epicenter, the earthquake could not be felt.
The following table shows some of the places that might have been affected (or not) by the shaking.
Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
3 km (2 mi)
E of epicenter
Crackenback
(pop: 741)
IV: Light
Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales
14 km (9 mi)
E of epicenter
Jindabyne
(pop: 6,550)
III: Weak
Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales
16 km (10 mi)
SW of epicenter
Thredbo
(pop: 300)
III: Weak
Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales
20 km (13 mi)
N of epicenter
Kosciuszko National Park
(pop: 7,890)
II: Very weak
Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales
23 km (15 mi)
NE of epicenter
Hill Top
(pop: 99)
II: Very weak
New South Wales
33 km (21 mi)
E of epicenter
Berridale
(pop: 1,340)
II: Very weak
Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales
58 km (36 mi)
NW of epicenter
Corryong
(pop: 1,270)
II: Very weak
Towong, Victoria
63 km (39 mi)
E of epicenter
Cooma
(pop: 6,560)
II: Very weak
Snowy Monaro Regional, New South Wales
142 km (89 mi)
NE of epicenter
Canberra
(pop: 367,800)
I: Not felt
Australian Capital Territory
380 km (236 mi)
NE of epicenter
Sydney
(pop: 4,627,300)
: Not felt
New South Wales
Notes:
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

User-reports for this quake (132)

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651 Aloine Way crackenback / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 2-5 s : Yes definite a tremor we are on alpine way....huge bang on the house and tumbled down the valley ...cracks in our back room | 4 users found this interesting.  
Jindabyne / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Big Bang then shaking not bad just minor. Sounded like thunder | 2 users found this interesting.  
Westons Rd, Crackenback, NSW / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : Also heard a loud rumble sound. First thought was explosion rather than earthquake. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Dalgety NSW 2628 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s : Chickens started making a racket. I was watching them from inside the house yo see if a fix for about 30 seconds to a minute when the whole house felt like it lifted, then shook. Only a short but fierce initial reaction with a quick after rumble. | One user found this interesting.  
Jindabyne / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 1-2 s : Large bang and then shaking Every one on my street ran out sode | One user found this interesting.  
WEST WODONGA;VIC / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s : Movement dying off to vibration, a lull then more vibration  
TAWONGA / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating
Hervey Bay / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / very short : Window rattled: Seemed like bird flew into window, bumping like noise / effect  
Majors creek nsw 2622 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Crackenback / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Brief vibration and loud bang  
COOMA / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Jindabyne / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Rattling in the building  
Kalkite / not felt : It was a long deep rumbling. At first we thought it was thunder but a low rumbling, rolling thunder sort of sound. Didn’t feel anything but sound was loud enough to make my friends and I stop and look around!  
Thredbo Village NSW / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : It was a rumble like a dump truck driving past for a few seconds  
Jindabyne / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Felt and heard a loud thump and then trembling. It sounded like something large had been dropped from a height  
Jindabyne / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : A bang  
Crackenback / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s : Sound traveled like a wave with loud crack type explosion at peak. Ground vibrating  
Jindabyne / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 1-2 s : Yes loud bang in the distance then a rumble that got closer until house shook for 2 seconds  
JINDABYNE / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Lake Crackenback resort and spa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Initially felt like a hike clap of thunder which rattled the windows followed by some rumbling  
Berridale / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Moor likes bang  
Perisher / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Vibrations and a thud  
Lake Crackenback resort and spa / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Initially felt like a hike clap of thunder which rattled the windows followed by some rumbling  
Thredbo nsw / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : House vibrating , creaking, windows rattling, deep base sound for 15 seconds.  
Lake Crackenback Resort / Weak shaking (MMI III) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s : Definite bang, like an explosion, thought it may have been dynamite or gas explosion followed by vibrating waves  
Numbla Vale NSW / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s : Very load  
East Jindabyne / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : The house moved like it had been hit by the sound/shock wave from a very close thunder strike or explosion, but no boom.  
Jindabyne / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 5-10 s : Began with a loud bang - like an explosion which continued for a few seconds. I thought at first it was a tree falling on the house. No damage.  
Mitchell Cct Jindabyne / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe / 2-5 s : Loud bang like a rock blasting, rumbling after the bang for about 5 secs Mitchell Cct Jindabyne  
Cooma, NSW, 2630 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : It felt like the house was pushed, maybe by a massive gust of wind which lasted maybe a second. Just a single brief lateral shake.  
Thredbo village / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was sitting watching television and I felt the windows rattling for a few seconds and felt the vibration as I was sitting up against the wall.  
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What is Intensity and the Mercalli Intensity Scale?


The amount of shaking that occurs on the surface due to an earthquake is called the intensity. It is commonly measured on the so-called Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) ranging from 1 (not felt) to 10 (extreme shaking), and given in Roman numerals as I,II,...IX, X, and often displayed with color codes ranging from light blue to dark red.
Earthquake intensity depends mainly on the magnitude and depth of the quake as well as the distance from the epicenter: The further away, the less shaking intensity occurs.
Read more about the MMI scale!

Compare Quake Data

Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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.
Mag Depth Time GMT
2021-05-5
Epicenter Agency
3.2 3.8 km
2.4 mi
00:15:00 Jindabyne, NSW, Australia GeoAu (Geoscience Australia )
3.3 4 km
2.5 mi
00:15:00 Jindabyne, NSW, Australia
0.4 km (0.2 mi) epicenter difference with GeoAu
EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)

Seismograms

Seismic station: Snowy Mountains Grammar School (AUSMG/S1 network) | Distance from quake: 13 km / 8 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Snowy Mountains Grammar School: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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Earthquake statistics

Average number of earthquakes

Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 119 quakes on average per year in the area near the epicenter of this quake (within 100 km/61 mi):
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 0.02 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 55.6 years)
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 0.41 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 2.5 years)
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 7.3 quakes per year
  • Mag. 1 or higher: 11.7 quakes per year
The area where this quake occurred has very few earthquakes and most of them are very small (below magnitude 3). Larger quakes with magnitudes above 3 might occur from time to time. However, It has had at least 1 quakes above magnitude 4 since 1970, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 50 to 55 years.

Number of quakes per year

Previous quakes in the same area of this earthquake

Map of earlier quakes in the area of this quake

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