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Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - Waikato, 31 km southwest of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 6:07 pm (GMT +13) -

Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - Waikato, 31 km southwest of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 6:07 pm (GMT +13) Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - Waikato, 31 km southwest of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 6:07 pm (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 5.4 earthquake at 157 km depth

2 Dec 05:09 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 1 minute.
2 Dec 05:10: Magnitude recalculated from 3.8 to 4.8. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 67.8 to 67.2 km (from 42 to 42 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 21 km (13 mi) towards NNW.
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2 Dec 05:56: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.4. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 158.6 to 156.5 km (from 99 to 97 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5.1 km (3.1 mi) towards E.
Update Fri, 2 Dec 2022, 05:15

Moderate yet deep magnitude 5.0 earthquake 33 km southwest of Rotorua, New Zealand

5.0 quake 2 Dec 6:07 pm (GMT +13)
5.0 quake 2 Dec 6:07 pm (GMT +13)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred only 7 minutes ago 33 km southwest of Rotorua, New Zealand, New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported.
The quake hit at an intermediate to considerable depth of 150.6 km beneath the epicenter near Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, early evening on Friday, December 2nd, 2022, at 6:07 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.
A second report was later issued by the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.6.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Tokoroa (pop. 14,300) located 17 km from the epicenter, Rotorua (pop. 65,900) 33 km away, Taupo (pop. 22,500) 38 km away, Cambridge (pop. 15,200) 71 km away, Tauranga (pop. 110,300) 76 km away, Hamilton (pop. 152,600) 88 km away, Hamilton (pop. 152,600) 88 km away, and Whakatane (pop. 18,600) 98 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 & timeDec 2, 2022 05:07:49 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Dec 2, 2022 at 6:07 pm (GMT +13)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.4
Depth156.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.39064°S / 176.08423°E (South Waikato District, Waikato, New Zealand)
Antipode38.391°N / 3.916°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt38 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearest volcanoMaroa (3 km / 2 mi)
Nearby towns and cities23 km (14 mi) WNW of Reporoa (Bay of Plenty) (pop: 595) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
31 km (19 mi) SSW of Rotorua (Bay of Plenty) (pop: 65,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
33 km (20 mi) N of Taupo (pop: 22,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
79 km (49 mi) S of Tauranga (Bay of Plenty) (pop: 110,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
97 km (60 mi) SE of Hamilton (pop: 152,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
207 km (129 mi) SE of Auckland (pop: 417,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
341 km (212 mi) NNE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 18.3°C (65 F), humidity: 62%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NNW
Estimated seismic energy released7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.4157 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
5.1151 kmNORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALANDEMSC
5.3175 kmNorth Island, New ZealandRaspberryShake
5.1162 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGFZ
5.210 kmNew Zealand: Near HamiltonRENASS
5.1168 km22 Km SE of Tokoroa, New ZealandUSGS
5.1162 kmNorth Island, New ZealandGeoAu
5.110 kmNorth Island, New ZealandIRIS

Seismograms

Seismic station: South Karori, New Zealand (SNZO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 345 km / 214 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: 0.1-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (41)

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Nelson (400 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was on my bed and I felt my bed was shaking. It was quiet noticeable | 7 users found this interesting.  
Hunterville / not felt / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 minutes : Estaba acostado en la cama y empezó a vibrar la pieza y la cama | 7 users found this interesting.  
Hamilton New Zealand (98.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : My bed shook | 6 users found this interesting.  
Wellington, New Zealand (338.2 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Two part quake, a light shaking then a gap, then more intense shaking. | 5 users found this interesting.  
37 km of Ashhurst, Palmerston North City, Manawatu-Wanganui (176.8 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Apiti, Manawatu. Rumble heard then shaking for a while. Went for around 20 seconds | 5 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Okoia Whanganui. / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 1-2 minutes : Enough to concern me. - moderate shaking. | 5 users found this interesting.  
mārahau / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : I was in my bed when it started to shake. I then looked up and my dresser mirror was moving back & forth | 3 users found this interesting.  
Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Felt slightly rolling and top if my Christmas tree moved as though a draft hit. As ur was breezy outside took a moment to realise it was a quake. Family member nearby called and confirmed they felt it but as parked in car they felt it was more severe than I did. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Patea, New Zealand (205.4 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : working on my computer and there was a quick jolt. Very short earthquake. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Hastings / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 20-30 s : Felt Inside outside shaking lights tv pot plants shaking | 3 users found this interesting.  
Nelson (403.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / complex motion difficult to describe / 1-2 s : Gentle role movement | 2 users found this interesting.  
Wellington (341.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 20-30 s : I was just watching movie relaxing on my bed | 2 users found this interesting.  
viewmont (328.6 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : my sofa shaked | 2 users found this interesting.  
Blenheim / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short : A quick shake | 2 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Christchurch / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : Very weak sideways movement | 2 users found this interesting.  
Napier . Sitting down / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Slight vibration. Animals alerted | 2 users found this interesting.  
Nelson (402.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : It shaked to and fro | One user found this interesting.  
Paraparaumu (298.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Sitting at home | One user found this interesting.  
Opotiki / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Light shaking and noise | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Katikati 3181 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Caravan just very gentle move.5.06pm by my phone clock | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
palmerston north (223.4 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Remuera, Auckland, Auckland (199.3 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
145 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s (reported through our app)
Feilding New Zealand (207.3 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Wellington (314.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s
Opotiki (82 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
Napier (141.3 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 1-2 s
Tākaka (392.5 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
Kaiteri (394.3 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
palmerston north (223.4 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Levin horowhenua / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (78 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jan 27, 2023 04:38
16 hours ago
2.2

139 km
Waikato, 32 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 26, 2023 18:00
1 day 3 hours ago
2.5

71 km
33 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 26, 2023 16:03
1 day 5 hours ago
2.5

209 km
Waikato, 32 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 25, 2023 09:53
2 days ago
2.0

5 km
21 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 25, 2023 07:34
3 days ago
2.0

138 km
Waikato, 33 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 24, 2023 07:58
4 days ago
2.2

80 km
37 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 23, 2023 16:50
4 days ago
2.5

5 km
Bay of Plenty, 20 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 21, 2023 15:52
6 days ago
2.3

144 km
18 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 21, 2023 10:11
6 days ago
2.8

167 km
81 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 19, 2023 18:01
8 days ago
3.3

151 km
Waikato, 32 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 23:51
9 days ago
2.3

141 km
Waikato, 36 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 11:28
9 days ago
2.0

5 km
12 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 08:44
10 days ago
2.8

5 km
14 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 05:32
10 days ago
2.1

5 km
15 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 05:08
10 days ago
2.3

5 km
14 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 05:02
10 days ago
2.9

5 km
14 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 01:21
10 days ago
2.1

5 km
14 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 01:16
10 days ago
2.2

5 km
14 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 00:51
10 days ago
2.0

5 km
15 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 18, 2023 00:45
10 days ago
2.6

5 km
15 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 16, 2023 08:51
12 days ago
2.0

2.7 km
20 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 15, 2023 23:33
12 days ago
2.0

78 km
Waikato, 23 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 15, 2023 11:03
12 days ago
2.0

186 km
Waikato, 27 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 14, 2023 19:12
13 days ago
2.4

154 km
Waikato, 36 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 14, 2023 05:13
14 days ago
2.1

139 km
Waikato, 24 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 13, 2023 10:56
2 weeks ago
2.0

98 km
29 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 13, 2023 09:33
2 weeks ago
3.1

189 km
Waikato, 23 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 12, 2023 13:53
2 weeks ago
2.4

4.1 km
14 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 11, 2023 15:32
2 weeks ago
2.5

90 km
9 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 9, 2023 08:57
3 weeks ago
2.2

145 km
Waikato, 30 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 8, 2023 08:20
3 weeks ago
2.1

142 km
25 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 7, 2023 15:28
3 weeks ago
2.2

128 km
Waikato, 36 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 7, 2023 10:13
3 weeks ago
2.3

147 km
13 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 7, 2023 08:58
3 weeks ago
4.3

155 km
Waikato, 34 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 7, 2023 01:59
3 weeks ago
2.1

70 km
39 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 6, 2023 21:08
3 weeks ago
3.4

157 km
38 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 6, 2023 12:34
3 weeks ago
2.4

136 km
26 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 6, 2023 06:07
3 weeks ago
2.0

5.1 km
3.3 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 5, 2023 13:39
3 weeks ago - felt
2.5

4.7 km
3.6 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 5, 2023 13:36
3 weeks ago
2.1

4.8 km
3.4 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 4, 2023 12:34
3 weeks ago
2.9

107 km
15 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 3, 2023 23:36
3 weeks ago
2.1

154 km
Waikato, 34 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 3, 2023 21:30
3 weeks ago
2.2

101 km
19 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Jan 3, 2023 21:16
3 weeks ago
2.0

135 km
31 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Jan 1, 2023 05:56
4 weeks ago
2.0

140 km
14 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 28, 2022 11:09
4 weeks ago
2.2

139 km
75 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 28, 2022 05:39
4 weeks ago
2.5

138 km
88 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 26, 2022 12:37
5 weeks ago
2.0

63 km
18 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 26, 2022 05:37
5 weeks ago
2.4

211 km
Waikato, 30 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 22, 2022 15:39
5 weeks ago
2.6

144 km
Waikato, 27 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 22, 2022 13:23
5 weeks ago
2.0

6.6 km
24 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 22, 2022 02:20
5 weeks ago
2.1

161 km
Waikato, 28 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 21, 2022 04:24
5 weeks ago
2.4

136 km
Waikato, 28 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 19, 2022 21:34
6 weeks ago
2.3

141 km
5.9 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 19, 2022 11:07
6 weeks ago
2.1

131 km
Waikato, 37 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 17, 2022 00:06
6 weeks ago
2.1

144 km
15 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 15, 2022 12:32
6 weeks ago
2.2

135 km
40 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 15, 2022 06:09
6 weeks ago
2.7

174 km
Waikato, 31 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 13, 2022 23:37
6 weeks ago
2.7

126 km
Waikato, 25 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 13, 2022 19:05
6 weeks ago
2.1

5.4 km
Bay of Plenty, 19 km NE of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 13, 2022 14:13
6 weeks ago
2.6

147 km
Waikato, 35 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 13, 2022 14:04
6 weeks ago
2.2

5.7 km
22 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 13, 2022 12:59
6 weeks ago
2.4

5.6 km
22 km S of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 12, 2022 19:09
7 weeks ago
2.0

193 km
Waikato, 27 km W of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 12, 2022 09:37
7 weeks ago
2.9

174 km
1.6 km E of Tokoroa, South Waikato District, New ZealandMore
Dec 12, 2022 03:16
7 weeks ago
2.2

142 km
19 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 11, 2022 01:10
7 weeks ago
2.2

65 km
Waikato, 23 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 11, 2022 00:00
7 weeks ago
3.1

119 km
19 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 10, 2022 03:37
7 weeks ago
2.0

3.6 km
7.5 km N of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 9, 2022 23:39
7 weeks ago
3.1

144 km
26 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 9, 2022 12:28
7 weeks ago
2.2

4.1 km
20 km SE of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
Dec 9, 2022 04:57
7 weeks ago
2.7

150 km
Waikato, 61 km N of North Island, New ZealandMore
Dec 7, 2022 18:18
7 weeks ago
2.5

148 km
84 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 6, 2022 09:56
7 weeks ago
2.0

4.3 km
12 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 5, 2022 04:28
8 weeks ago
2.0

2.8 km
11 km NW of Taupo, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 5, 2022 01:21
8 weeks ago
2.1

5 km
19 km S of Tokoroa, South Waikato District, New ZealandMore
Dec 4, 2022 02:29
8 weeks ago
2.0

150 km
77 km SE of Hamilton, Waikato, New ZealandMore
Dec 3, 2022 22:56
8 weeks ago
2.4

156 km
Waikato, 29 km SW of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMore
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