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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 3:37 pm (GMT +13) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 3:37 pm (GMT +13) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 3:37 pm (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 33 km depth

16 Mar 02:47 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 10 minutes.
16 Mar 02:51: Magnitude recalculated from 4.1 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 206.0 to 33.0 km (from 128 to 21 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 177 km (110 mi) towards ESE.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 16, 2023 02:37:35 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 3:37 pm (GMT +13)
Depth33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude30.40053°S / 175.47478°W (South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand)
Antipode30.401°N / 4.525°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearby towns and cities
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 21.7°C (71 F), humidity: 62%, wind: 6 m/s (11 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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5.033 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)

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