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Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 73 km northwest of Wellington, New Zealand, on Thursday, Sep 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm (GMT +12) -

Updated: Sep 24, 2022 09:18 GMT -
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Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 73 km northwest of Wellington, New Zealand, on Thursday, Sep 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm (GMT +12) Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - Tasman Sea, 73 km northwest of Wellington, New Zealand, on Thursday, Sep 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm (GMT +12)

Strong magnitude 5.8 earthquake at 51 km depth

22 Sep 09:08 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 1 minute.
22 Sep 09:09: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.5. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 63.6 to 53.9 km (from 40 to 33 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5.4 km (3.4 mi) towards SW.
22 Sep 09:12: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.8. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 53.9 to 50.7 km (from 33 to 32 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.4 km (0.9 mi) towards S.
Update Thu, 22 Sep 2022, 09:15

Significant 5.8 quake hits near Wellington, Wellington City, New Zealand

5.8 quake 22 Sep 9:07 pm (GMT +12)
5.8 quake 22 Sep 9:07 pm (GMT +12)
New Zealand was shaken near Wellington, Wellington City, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.8 only 8 minutes ago, New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported.
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 50.7 km beneath the epicenter near Wellington, Wellington City, New Zealand, in the evening on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022, at 9:07 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.6.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Picton (pop. 4,800) located 56 km from the epicenter, Porirua (pop. 50,900) 65 km away, Paraparaumu (pop. 30,600) 69 km away, Wellington (pop. 381,900) 72 km away, Lower Hutt (pop. 101,200) 75 km away, Upper Hutt (pop. 38,400) 80 km away, Wainuiomata (pop. 19,400) 81 km away, Blenheim (pop. 26,600) 82 km away, Levin (pop. 19,800) 92 km away, and Nelson (pop. 59,200) 93 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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Earthquake details

Date & timeSep 22, 2022 09:07:06 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Sep 22, 2022 at 9:07 pm (GMT +12)
Depth50.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude40.80593°S / 174.20409°E (Tasman Sea, New Zealand)
Antipode40.806°N / 5.796°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt396 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearest volcanoTaranaki (168 km / 104 mi)
Nearby towns and cities56 km (35 mi) NNE of Picton (pop: 4,790) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
65 km (41 mi) WNW of Porirua (pop: 50,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
69 km (43 mi) W of Paraparaumu (pop: 30,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
72 km (45 mi) NW of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
75 km (47 mi) NW of Lower Hutt (pop: 101,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
80 km (50 mi) WNW of Upper Hutt (pop: 38,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
82 km (51 mi) NNE of Blenheim (pop: 26,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
93 km (58 mi) NE of Nelson (pop: 59,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
253 km (157 mi) SW of North Island (pop: 3,749,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
297 km (185 mi) NNE of Pegasus Island (pop: 350) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
360 km (224 mi) NE of South Island (pop: 1,135,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 11.7°C (53 F), humidity: 84%, wind: 16 m/s (32 kts) from SSE
Estimated seismic energy released3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) | 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.
5.851 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
5.270 kmCook Strait, New ZealandGFZ
5.263 kmCook Strait, New ZealandRaspberryShake
5.210 kmNew Zealand: Near Lower HuttRENASS
5.263 km59 Km N of Picton, New ZealandUSGS
5.565 kmCook Strait, New ZealandGeoAu


Seismic station: South Karori, New Zealand (SNZO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 70 km / 43 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 (407)

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Paekakariki / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s : Dog was thrown, jumped out of chair.and stood Complex of thump then rolling No books fell House is on a dune | 3 users found this interesting.  
Richmond nelson (104.9 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short : Sitting on the porch, birds were flying away | 3 users found this interesting.  
Pirinoa / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Heard it coming while lying in bed then felt weak shaking and creaking in brick house with concrete floor | 2 users found this interesting.  
Hawera Waihi Road, New Zealand (136.1 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 30-60 s : I was sitting watching Television, the couch was shaking, ceiling light fitting swaying, bookshelf creaking, and crockery rattling our dog was alarmed | One user found this interesting.  
Piopio (263.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Heard the tumble for a couple of seconds before the shaking started. Shaking continued for between 20-30 seconds.  
Motueka (105.8 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Was watching a movie inside our campervan. Suddenly the campervan started to shake like someone was pushing the van  
Palmerston North North Island New Zealand (133.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : At home sitting in chair. Slight shake of chair a couple of times, looked up at pendant lights which were shaking slightly.  
Richmond Nelson 7020 (103.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s : Creaking and house noise as if someone was coming into house then a jolt a bit more noise then it stopped  
New plymouth (201.3 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Just went to bed, quake hit with a strong jolt then continued strong for about 5 seconds then eased and lasted about 25 seconds easing off slowly  
Huntly Pukemiro (361.4 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Sitting on couch in lounge and felt the rolling sensation very very light to light , intensified as it went on , was waiting for nxt one  
Takaka (115.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Sitting at my computer both the screen and my TV shook for a few seconds followed by a second about the same length. Afterwards the water in the fish tank was significantly moving side to side for about 30 seconds  
New Plymouth New Zealand (198.1 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Dog went crazy, animals outside started making noise. I was on couch and clearly starting moving, for approx 5-7 seconds.  
Paraparaumu (53.7 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : light to moderate no damage approx 10 seconds | One user found this interesting.  
New Plymouth (194.9 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Sitting in the car and it was shaking and the buildings around us were shaking | One user found this interesting.  
Greytown (109.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Greytown. Everything started shaking | One user found this interesting.  
Murchison, State Highway 6 / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : We were sitting in our campervan when the campervan started to shake back and forth. We thought it was the wind, but there was no wind outside. It was weak shaking. After 20 seconds the shaking stopped.  
Stratford / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 30-60 s : I was standing and at first thought I had vertigo until the sliding door started rattling and I felt the floor shaking a little.  
Palmerston North / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was in bed and felt the bed shaking for a few seconds. Got out of bed and saw the chains on my coo coo clock swinging... thats when I realized we had just had an earthquake quake.  
Home in Paraparaumu / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe : Only the second shake I've experienced since shifting to Wellington 9 months ago. I was warned, and the first one was just novel and kind of cool, this one felt a little scarier, went on for longer.  
Pakawau / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : I heard loud rumbling at first which went on for a while then fairly strong shaking from side to side. I was surprised noting fell off the shelves but lights were swinging significantly.  
Halcombe, Manawatu / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 minutes : Soft swaying at beginning got stronger objects rattling but nothing falling soft shaking at tail end. Seemed to go for long time  
Francis street ,Blenheim / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / complex motion difficult to describe / 2-5 s : I felt a light tremmer and told mybpartner did you feel that or was that just me.. then i nearly fell over after the house shook i got a really big fright  
Castlecliff, Whanganui / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : At first I thought it was the cat jumping off the bed causing the bed to shake. I turned on light to see cat still sitting on the bed. He wasn't bothered by the shaking. It felt like a light lorry vibrating as it drives past. but it wasn't of Course. I normally reside in Auckland so haven't experienced that amount of shaking before or as strongly as that.  
Hawera / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : Heard the building making a cracking sound and then my bed started shaking. It lasted quite while and I eventually stood up to see if it would stop.  
waikanae / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s : Heard a loud bang, quite a pause, then a rolling motion with objects in the room doing a steady rolling motion. Over quickly.  
Port hills Nelson / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Heard a bang then then obvious horizontal shaking strongish then tailing off with a very small shake at the end enough to make me sit forward on the couch and begin to think about what to do if it continued - thankfully it didn’t  
Opaku road Patea / Light shaking (MMI IV) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 30-60 s : Slow shaking increased in intensity slowed the started again quite strong lights swinging water in containers moving  
new plymouth Central / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : The room started moving and standing up could feel its effect on my walking,heading to stand in door frame.went from light to heavy movement in 3-4 seconds..then held few moments then faded away.Jan in kitchen heard the drinking glasses rattling together we had put on bench stand.  
Whanganui / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : A resonance akin to thunder or heavy traffic, followed by the upstairs floor where I was standing shaking  
Foxton Beach / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 20-30 s : On holiday, our motorhome just started to gently bounce, shake and wobble. Caused some rousting birds to squark and fly off. Exciting stuff!  
Motueka township / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : We live in an upstairs flat. The widows shook and the sliding doors!! The light fittings are still swaying!  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes) (so far, frequently updated)

Date and timeMag
Sep 23, 2022 11:31
22 hours ago

50 km
Tasman Sea, 72 km NW of Wellington, New ZealandMore
Sep 22, 2022 11:10
1 day 22 hours ago

5 km
Tasman Sea, 46 km N of Wellington, New ZealandMore

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