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Moderate mag. 4.4 earthquake - Marlborough, 69 km southwest of Wellington, New Zealand, on Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 8:16 pm (GMT +12) -

Moderate mag. 4.4 earthquake - Marlborough, 69 km southwest of Wellington, New Zealand, on Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 8:16 pm (GMT +12) Moderate mag. 4.4 earthquake - Marlborough, 69 km southwest of Wellington, New Zealand, on Wednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 8:16 pm (GMT +12)

Moderate magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 10 km depth

22 Jun 08:18 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 1 minute.
22 Jun 08:19: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 25.2 to 11.6 km (from 15.7 to 7.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 9 km (5.6 mi) towards NNW.
22 Jun 08:21: Magnitude recalculated from 4.3 to 4.4. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 11.6 to 9.5 km (from 7.2 to 5.9 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2 km (1.3 mi) towards SSE.
22 Jun 08:26: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 9.5 to 10.4 km (from 5.9 to 6.5 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.7 km (1 mi) towards WNW.
Update Wed, 22 Jun 2022, 08:24

Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes near Wellington, Wellington City, New Zealand

4.4 quake 22 Jun 8:16 pm (GMT +12)
4.4 quake 22 Jun 8:16 pm (GMT +12)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 occurred only 8 minutes ago 68 km southwest of Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported.
The quake hit at a very shallow depth of 9.5 km beneath the epicenter near Wellington, Wellington City, New Zealand, in the evening on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022, at 8:16 pm local time. 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 4.3 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 Seddon (pop. 510) located 17 km from the epicenter, and Blenheim (pop. 26,600) 36 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Wellington (pop. 381,900) located 68 km from the epicenter, Wainuiomata (pop. 19,400) 80 km away, Lower Hutt (pop. 101,200) 82 km away, Porirua (pop. 50,900) 85 km away, Upper Hutt (pop. 38,400) 96 km away, Nelson (pop. 59,200) 96 km away, and Stoke (pop. 19,800) 97 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.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJun 22, 2022 08:16:36 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Jun 22, 2022 at 8:16 pm (GMT +12)
Depth10.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude41.74894°S / 174.22784°E (Marlborough District, Marlborough, New Zealand)
Antipode41.749°N / 5.772°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt9 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearby towns and cities15 km (9 mi) SE of Seddon (pop: 511) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
35 km (21 mi) SE of Blenheim (pop: 26,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
69 km (43 mi) SW of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
82 km (51 mi) SW of Lower Hutt (Wellington) (pop: 101,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
86 km (53 mi) SW of Porirua (Wellington) (pop: 50,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
95 km (59 mi) SE of Nelson (pop: 59,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
97 km (60 mi) SW of Upper Hutt (Wellington) (pop: 38,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
237 km (148 mi) NNE of Christchurch (Canterbury) (pop: 363,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky 8.2°C (47 F), humidity: 79%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from SSW
Estimated seismic energy released2.5 x 1011 joules (69.8 megawatt hours, equivalent to 60 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.
4.410.4 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
4.410 km48 Km SE of Blenheim, New ZealandUSGS
4.410 kmCook Strait, New ZealandRaspberryShake


Seismic station: South Karori, New Zealand (SNZO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 63 km / 39 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station South Karori, New Zealand: 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. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (10)

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Blenheim / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Lightn shaking | 3 users found this interesting.  
Blenheim, Marlborough District, Marlborough (35.4 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Rolling shake (reported through our app)  
BLENHEIM (33.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
Nelson / not felt : I heard a bang. It took down my glass cabinet.  
Dunedin, New Zealand / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Yeah, sharp jolt minor shaking  
Blenheim / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Blenheim / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / very short : A jolt and heard a creak inthe roof timbers  
Blenheim / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s
Blenheim / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Sharp jolt  
Blenheim / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s

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