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Light mag. 4.0 earthquake - 63 km northeast of Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 at 10:32 pm (GMT +13) -

Light mag. 4.0 earthquake - 63 km northeast of Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 at 10:32 pm (GMT +13) Light mag. 4.0 earthquake - 63 km northeast of Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 at 10:32 pm (GMT +13)

Light magnitude 4.0 earthquake at 21 km depth

19 Nov 09:34 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 1 minute.
19 Nov 09:35: Magnitude recalculated from 4.1 to 4.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 33.4 to 20.7 km (from 21 to 12.9 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6.1 km (3.8 mi) towards NW.
19 Nov 09:40: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 20.7 to 22.2 km (from 12.9 to 13.8 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1 km (0.6 mi) towards SW.
19 Nov 10:16: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 22.2 to 21.2 km (from 13.8 to 13.2 mi).
Update Sat, 19 Nov 2022, 09:57

Magnitude 4.0 earthquake strikes near Wellington, Wellington City, New Zealand

4.0 quake 19 Nov 10:32 pm (GMT +13)
4.0 quake 19 Nov 10:32 pm (GMT +13)
Just 24 minutes ago, a 4.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Wellington, Wellington City, New Zealand. The tremor was recorded late at night on Saturday, November 19th, 2022, at 10:32 pm local time, at a shallow depth of 22.2 km below the surface.
The event was filed by New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet), the first seismological agency to report it.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake which listed the quake at magnitude 4.0 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.0.
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 Carterton (pop. 10,100) located 7 km from the epicenter, and Masterton (pop. 28,200) 19 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Upper Hutt (pop. 38,400) located 35 km from the epicenter, Paraparaumu (pop. 30,600) 39 km away, Levin (pop. 19,800) 47 km away, Lower Hutt (pop. 101,200) 49 km away, Wainuiomata (pop. 19,400) 49 km away, Porirua (pop. 50,900) 51 km away, Wellington (pop. 381,900) 63 km away, and Karori (pop. 15,700) 65 km away.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 19, 2022 09:32:42 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Nov 19, 2022 at 10:32 pm (GMT +13)
Depth21.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude41.03726°S / 175.44972°E (Carterton District, Wellington, New Zealand)
Antipode41.037°N / 4.55°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt10 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearest volcanoRuapehu (195 km / 121 mi)
Nearby towns and cities7 km (4 mi) WSW of Carterton (pop: 10,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
19 km (12 mi) WSW of Masterton (pop: 28,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
35 km (22 mi) ENE of Upper Hutt (pop: 38,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
39 km (24 mi) ESE of Paraparaumu (pop: 30,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
49 km (30 mi) ENE of Lower Hutt (pop: 101,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
49 km (30 mi) ENE of Wainuiomata (pop: 19,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
51 km (32 mi) ENE of Porirua (pop: 50,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
63 km (39 mi) ENE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 15.9°C (61 F), humidity: 95%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from NNW
Estimated seismic energy released6.3 x 1010 joules (17.5 megawatt hours, equivalent to 15.1 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.
4.021 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
4.021 kmNorth Island, New ZealandRaspberryShake


Seismic station: South Karori, New Zealand (SNZO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 69 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.2-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (10)

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Paekākāriki / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Well, I'm so used to earthquakes, so when we have very tiny ones I just think it's my imagination. But this one clearly moved/vibration of water in my water-bottle and my mirror moved against the wall a bit. My worst fear would be a tidal wave since I live on a hill with a good view of the ocean and can see on a regular night waves crashing against the seawall here in peakakariki. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Paraparaumu / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s : Light shaking | One user found this interesting.  
Paraparaumu beach / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : A biggish shake but not sharp and gently ebbed away | One user found this interesting.  
Lower hutt (47.2 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 1-2 s
Upper Hutt / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 15-20 s
Wellington / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Waikanae Beach / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short : Waikanae...heard it coming then little wobble  
Wellington / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
Plimmerton, Porirua / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s (reported through our app)
AKATARAWA VALLEY UPPER HUTT / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short

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