Light magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 78 km depth
18 Jul 08:38 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
18 Jul 08:39: Magnitude recalculated from 3.6 to 3.9.
18 Jul 08:43: Magnitude recalculated from 3.9 to 4.4. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 75.3 to 78.0 km (from 47 to 48 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6.6 km (4.1 mi) towards ESE.
Update Sun, 18 Jul 2021, 08:48
Moderate magnitude 4.4 quake hits 48 km northwest of Te Anau, New Zealand in the evening
4.4 quake 18 Jul 8:36 pm (GMT +12)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred in the evening on Sunday 18 July 2021 at 8:36 pm local time near Te Anau, Southland District, Southland, New Zealand, as reported by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at an intermediate depth of 78 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 3.9 earthquake.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Te Anau (pop. 2,100) located 48 km from the epicenter, Milford Sound (pop. 440) 49 km away, and Queenstown (pop. 10,400) 90 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online
or via our mobile app
. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.
Download the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app
and get one of the fastest seismic alerts online: Android