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Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 39 km east of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 3:04 pm (GMT +13) -

Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 39 km east of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 3:04 pm (GMT +13) Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 39 km east of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Saturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 3:04 pm (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 3.9 earthquake at 5 km depth

18 Mar 02:06 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 2 minutes.
18 Mar 02:07: Magnitude recalculated from 3.8 to 3.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 17.9 to 5.0 km (from 11.1 to 3.1 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6.5 km (4 mi) towards E.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 18, 2023 02:04:07 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Mar 18, 2023 at 3:04 pm (GMT +13)
Depth5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.11046°S / 176.69223°E (Kawerau District, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)
Antipode38.11°N / 3.308°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt5 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearest volcanoOkataina (Tarawera) (17 km / 11 mi)
Nearby towns and cities1 km (1 mi) SSW of Kawerau (pop: 6,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
19 km (12 mi) SW of Edgecumbe (pop: 1,790) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
31 km (19 mi) SW of Whakatane (pop: 18,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
39 km (24 mi) E of Rotorua (pop: 65,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
66 km (41 mi) SE of Tauranga (pop: 110,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
83 km (52 mi) NE of Taupo (Waikato) (pop: 22,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
129 km (80 mi) ESE of Hamilton (Waikato) (pop: 152,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
389 km (242 mi) NNE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 24.1°C (75 F), humidity: 43%, wind: 0 m/s (1 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released4.5 x 1010 joules (12.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 10.7 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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3.95 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
3.95 kmNorth Island, New ZealandRaspberryShake

User reports for this quake (5)

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Edgecumbe NZ (19 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Outside under my pergola,very noticeable pot plants swinging, house creeking  
NEW zealand, Kawerau (2.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Sitting at the dinning table  
Whakatane, Awa Hotel / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : Very slight quiver, while lying on bed.  
Edgecumbe / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Edgecumbe / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging

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