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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 12:53 am (GMT -12) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 12:53 am (GMT -12) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand, on Thursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 12:53 am (GMT -12)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 33 km depth

16 Mar 12:59 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 6 minutes.
16 Mar 13:23: Epicenter location corrected by 7.3 km (4.5 mi) towards ENE.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 16, 2023 12:53:03 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Mar 16, 2023 at 12:53 am (GMT -12)
Depth33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude30.38757°S / 176.20378°W (South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand)
Antipode30.388°N / 3.796°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearest volcanoRaoul Island (207 km / 129 mi)
Nearby towns and cities
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 21.5°C (71 F), humidity: 66%, wind: 6 m/s (11 kts) from ENE
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

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.
5.033 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
4.722 kmNew Zealand: Kermadec Islands RegionUSGS
4.722 kmNew Zealand: Kermadec Islands RegionRaspberryShake
4.710 kmNew Zealand: Kermadec Islands RegionIRIS
4.710 kmNew Zealand: Kermadec Islands RegionGFZ

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Mar 21, 2023 07:34
7 days ago

33 km
South Pacific Ocean, New ZealandMore
Mar 19, 2023 08:44
9 days ago

33 km
South Pacific Ocean, New ZealandMore

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