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Light mag. 4.6 earthquake - 53 km north of Te Anau, Southland District, New Zealand, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm (GMT +13) -

Light mag. 4.6 earthquake - 53 km north of Te Anau, Southland District, New Zealand, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm (GMT +13) Light mag. 4.6 earthquake - 53 km north of Te Anau, Southland District, New Zealand, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm (GMT +13)

Light magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 79 km depth

17 Mar 00:02 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
17 Mar 00:03: Magnitude recalculated from 4.1 to 4.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 77.2 to 69.0 km (from 48 to 43 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 21 km (13 mi) towards WNW.
17 Mar 00:05: Magnitude recalculated from 4.3 to 4.6. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 69.0 to 78.8 km (from 43 to 49 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.2 km (2.6 mi) towards N.
Update Fri, 17 Mar 2023, 00:30

Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake 53 km northwest of Te Anau, New Zealand

4.6 quake 17 Mar 1:00 pm (GMT +13)
4.6 quake 17 Mar 1:00 pm (GMT +13)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.6 occurred only 30 minutes ago 53 km northwest of Te Anau, New Zealand, New Zealand's Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey (GeoNet) reported.
The quake hit at an intermediate depth of 78.8 km beneath the epicenter near Te Anau, Southland District, Southland, New Zealand, around noon on Friday, March 17th, 2023, at 1:00 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 4.6 as well. A third agency, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, 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 Milford Sound (pop. 440) located 46 km from the epicenter, Te Anau (pop. 2,900) 53 km away, Queenstown (pop. 10,400) 91 km away, and Arthurs Point (pop. 1,300) 91 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 & timeMar 17, 2023 00:00:18 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Mar 17, 2023 at 1:00 pm (GMT +13)
Depth78.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude44.96115°S / 167.51512°E (Southland District, Southland, New Zealand)
Antipode44.961°N / 12.485°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt9 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearby towns and cities46 km (28 mi) SW of Milford Sound (pop: 435) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
53 km (33 mi) NNW of Te Anau (pop: 2,930) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
91 km (56 mi) W of Queenstown (Otago) (pop: 10,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
173 km (107 mi) NNW of Invercargill (pop: 47,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
254 km (158 mi) WNW of Dunedin (Otago) (pop: 114,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
302 km (188 mi) WSW of Timaru (Región de Canterbury) (pop: 28,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
717 km (445 mi) SW of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 9.8°C (50 F), humidity: 98%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 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.
4.679 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
4.679 kmSouth Island, New ZealandRaspberryShake

User reports for this quake (9)

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Brisbane (2340.3 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe : My body can sense a earthquake not a vibration from the ground. What I can feel is not measurable it is sense from the brains electromagnetic field.  
Queenstown, new zealand (88.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Sitting upstairs. Chair gently vibrated back and forth  
Queenstown (89.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
Queenstown New Zealand (93.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Lying on bef  
Queenstown, Otago (90.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Noticed TV moving on the wall, sofa felt like it was shaking back and forth  
Queenstown / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / very short : Felt in the unit slab ground floor  
Queenstown / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Queenstown / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Queenstown / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s (reported through our app)

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