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Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - West Coast, 33 km southwest of South Island, New Zealand, on 5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12)

Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - West Coast, 33 km southwest of South Island, New Zealand, on 5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12) Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - West Coast, 33 km southwest of South Island, New Zealand, on 5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12)

Moderate magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 5 km depth

5 May 11:58 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
5 May 12:01: Magnitude recalculated from 4.1 to 4.2. Epicenter location corrected by 1.8 km (1.1 mi) towards SW.
Update Wed, 5 May 2021, 12:03

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Hokitika, Westland District, West Coast, New Zealand

4.2 quake 5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12)
4.2 quake 5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12)
New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported a magnitude 4.2 quake in New Zealand near Hokitika, Westland District, West Coast, only 7 minutes ago. The earthquake hit late at night on Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 11:55 pm local time at a very shallow depth of 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.1 earthquake.
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 Harihari (pop. 350) located 26 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Hokitika (pop. 3,400) located 63 km from the epicenter, Methven (pop. 1,200) 78 km away, Greymouth (pop. 9,400) 95 km away, Greymouth (pop. 9,400) 95 km away, Geraldine (pop. 2,300) 97 km away, and Ashburton (pop. 30,100) 101 km away.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 5, 2021 11:55:38 UTC
Local time at epicenter5 May 11:55 pm (GMT +12)
Depth5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude43.27179°S / 170.82729°E (Westland District, West Coast, New Zealand)
Antipode43.272°N / 9.173°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt4 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearby towns and cities26 km (16 mi) ESE of Harihari (pop: 345) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
63 km (39 mi) S of Hokitika (pop: 3,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
78 km (48 mi) WNW of Methven (Canterbury) (pop: 1,240) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
95 km (59 mi) SSW of Greymouth (Grey District) (pop: 9,420) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
97 km (60 mi) NNW of Geraldine (Región de Canterbury) (pop: 2,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
101 km (63 mi) NW of Ashburton (Canterbury) (pop: 30,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
130 km (81 mi) NNW of Timaru (Región de Canterbury) (pop: 28,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
142 km (88 mi) W of Rangiora (Canterbury) (pop: 18,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
149 km (92 mi) W of Christchurch (Canterbury) (pop: 363,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
393 km (244 mi) SW of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 3.8°C (39 F), humidity: 94%, wind: 1 m/s (3 kts) from WNW
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.25 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)

User reports for this quake (5)

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Whataroa, Westland District, West Coast (14.9 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) : Was loud rumbling noise then 3 small jerks close together.  
mokihinui / not felt
hokitika / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s
Hari Hari / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short : very noisy roaring, thump  
Auckland / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s

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