Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Waikato, 30 km southwest of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on 2 Aug 1:04 am (GMT +12) -

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Waikato, 30 km southwest of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on 2 Aug 1:04 am (GMT +12) Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Waikato, 30 km southwest of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on 2 Aug 1:04 am (GMT +12)

Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 160 km depth

1 Aug 13:07 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
1 Aug 13:09: Magnitude recalculated from 4.6 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 150.5 to 158.8 km (from 94 to 99 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.6 km (2.2 mi) towards SSE.
1 Aug 13:18: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 158.8 to 159.6 km (from 99 to 99 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.9 km (1.8 mi) towards E.
Update Sun, 1 Aug 2021, 13:12
Moderate yet deep 5.1 quake hits near Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
5.1 quake 2 Aug 1:04 am (GMT +12)
5.1 quake 2 Aug 1:04 am (GMT +12)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred early morning on Monday 2 August 2021 at 1:04 am local time near Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, 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 to considerable depth of 158.8 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. 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.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Tokoroa (pop. 14,300) located 9 km from the epicenter, Rotorua (pop. 65,900) 32 km away, Rotorua (pop. 65,900) 32 km away, Taupo (pop. 22,500) 45 km away, Cambridge (pop. 15,200) 64 km away, Tauranga (pop. 110,300) 71 km away, Hamilton (pop. 152,600) 81 km away, and Hamilton (pop. 152,600) 81 km away.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 1, 2021 13:04:54 UTC -
Local time at epicenter2 Aug 1:04 am (GMT +12)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.1
Depth159.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.30325°S / 175.96672°E (South Waikato District, Waikato, New Zealand)
Antipode38.303°N / 4.033°W
Shaking intensityVery weak shaking
Felt25 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearest volcanoMaroa (19 km / 12 mi)
Nearby towns and cities12 km (7 mi) SE of Tokoroa (pop: 14,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
30 km (19 mi) SW of Rotorua (Bay of Plenty) (pop: 65,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
43 km (27 mi) NNW of Taupo (pop: 22,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
66 km (41 mi) SE of Cambridge (pop: 15,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
71 km (44 mi) SSW of Tauranga (Bay of Plenty) (pop: 110,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
83 km (52 mi) SE of Hamilton (pop: 152,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
97 km (60 mi) WSW of Whakatane (Bay of Plenty) (pop: 18,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
193 km (120 mi) SSE of Auckland (pop: 417,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
347 km (216 mi) NNE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 3.6°C (38 F), humidity: 87%, wind: 0 m/s (1 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.1160 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
5.0165 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGFZ
5.0175 kmNORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALANDEMSC
5.0171 km13 Km SSW of Tokoroa, New ZealandUSGS
5.0168 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGeoAu
5.0150 kmNew Zealand: Near HamiltonRENASS

User reports for this quake (36)

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Lower Hutt, Wellington (333 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / very short : I was in bed and it was quiet, so I just heard it, and felt a little bump. We get earthquakes all the time, so I knew what it was. Google alerted me to it, but it hasn't shown up on our local geonet website yet.  
Blenheim, Marlborough District, Marlborough (396.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Felt nothing here  
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui (232 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Wellington (347.9 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Brooklyn, Wellington City, Wellington (348.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Papamoa Beach / not felt
Huntly / not felt
Galatea--Murupara. / not felt
Hamilton / not felt
Putaruru / not felt : felt Nothing,Was Asleep.  
tauranga / not felt
Opotiki / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : Felt the shaking. Woke us up.  
Whakatane / not felt : Felt nothing  
Palmerston North (224.1 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short
Wellington / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short
Wellington / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : The shake was strong enough to woke me up from my sleep.  
Putaruru / not felt : No feeling of quake  
Manakau / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Paraparaumu Beach / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I heard a window rattle  
Palmerston North / not felt : Sound asleep, didn’t wake up  
Gordonton / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 30-60 s : Small shake  
Dannevirke / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Light shaking while in bed.  
palmerston north / not felt
Wellington (359.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Aramoho Whanganui / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Foxton / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Wellington / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Woke up from sleep  
Carterton / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short : House jolt and heard the rumble  
Porirua / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Upper Hutt (324.3 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Peka Peka / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Chandler swang  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (49 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Sep 30, 2021 12:39
44 weeks ago
2.5

130 km
14 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 29, 2021 22:45
44 weeks ago
2.3

151 km
Waikato, 29 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 29, 2021 04:18
45 weeks ago
2.2

160 km
Waikato, 39 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 27, 2021 07:22
45 weeks ago
2.3

134 km
Waikato, 37 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 27, 2021 04:01
45 weeks ago
2.6

167 km
76 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Sep 26, 2021 12:00
45 weeks ago
2.0

141 km
Waikato, 40 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 26, 2021 09:30
45 weeks ago
2.8

159 km
Waikato, 24 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 25, 2021 03:00
45 weeks ago
2.2

128 km
Waikato, 45 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 24, 2021 10:25
45 weeks ago
2.9

143 km
Waikato, 30 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 22, 2021 18:00
45 weeks ago
2.8

154 km
Waikato, 17 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 22, 2021 10:04
45 weeks ago
3.0

162 km
Waikato, 47 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 21, 2021 01:09
46 weeks ago
2.2

138 km
13 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 20, 2021 18:33
46 weeks ago
3.0

144 km
Waikato, 19 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 20, 2021 13:44
46 weeks ago
2.3

176 km
Waikato, 34 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 20, 2021 11:42
46 weeks ago
2.2

143 km
Waikato, 22 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 15, 2021 07:56
47 weeks ago
2.3

159 km
Waikato, 19 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 13, 2021 05:53
47 weeks ago
2.4

150 km
9.2 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 8, 2021 07:16
48 weeks ago
2.1

173 km
20 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 7, 2021 03:33
48 weeks ago
3.3

163 km
Waikato, 35 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 5, 2021 23:53
48 weeks ago
2.2

96 km
14 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 5, 2021 12:26
48 weeks ago
2.0

108 km
15 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 4, 2021 22:38
48 weeks ago
3.1

155 km
Waikato, 39 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Sep 2, 2021 12:47
48 weeks ago
2.2

133 km
31 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Sep 2, 2021 06:19
48 weeks ago
3.7

149 km
Waikato, 23 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 29, 2021 23:06
49 weeks ago
2.5

119 km
26 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Aug 29, 2021 08:07
49 weeks ago
2.4

186 km
Waikato, 22 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 27, 2021 13:11
49 weeks ago
2.1

146 km
Waikato, 32 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 27, 2021 08:16
49 weeks ago
2.2

154 km
Waikato, 45 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 27, 2021 03:50
49 weeks ago
2.6

104 km
Waikato, 36 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 24, 2021 13:50
50 weeks ago
2.0

162 km
13 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 22, 2021 05:28
50 weeks ago
2.1

148 km
3.5 km SE of Tokoroa, South Waikato District, New ZealandMore
Aug 22, 2021 02:01
50 weeks ago
2.0

166 km
26 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 21, 2021 16:23
50 weeks ago
2.0

139 km
Waikato, 26 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 21, 2021 08:57
50 weeks ago
2.3

167 km
81 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Aug 19, 2021 06:01
50 weeks ago
3.9

146 km
25 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Aug 18, 2021 22:00
50 weeks ago
2.1

150 km
Waikato, 22 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 16, 2021 08:21
51 weeks ago
2.1

7.2 km
31 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 11, 2021 05:27
52 weeks ago
2.4

157 km
82 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Aug 10, 2021 15:06
52 weeks ago
2.1

137 km
20 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 10, 2021 05:12
52 weeks ago
2.3

153 km
14 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 8, 2021 04:18
52 weeks ago
2.5

147 km
Waikato, 38 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 6, 2021 13:33
1 year 0 weeks ago
2.7

155 km
18 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 5, 2021 22:00
1 year 0 weeks ago
2.4

141 km
78 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Aug 5, 2021 07:21
1 year 0 weeks ago
2.3

132 km
Waikato, 48 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 4, 2021 14:11
1 year 0 weeks ago
2.4

150 km
20 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 3, 2021 18:30
1 year 0 weeks ago
3.1

152 km
Waikato, 33 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 2, 2021 13:45
1 year 1 weeks ago
2.3

152 km
Waikato, 30 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Aug 1, 2021 20:17
1 year 1 weeks ago
2.5

154 km
67 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Aug 1, 2021 14:31
1 year 1 weeks ago
2.2

158 km
Waikato, 31 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
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