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Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 36 km east of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 at 6:11 pm (GMT +13) -

Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 36 km east of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 at 6:11 pm (GMT +13) Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 36 km east of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, on Sunday, Mar 19, 2023 at 6:11 pm (GMT +13)

Moderate magnitude 3.9 earthquake at 3 km depth

19 Mar 05:13 UTC: First to report: GEONET (NZ) after 1 minute.
19 Mar 05:14: Magnitude recalculated from 4.0 to 3.8.
19 Mar 05:15: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 7.5 to 2.8 km (from 4.7 to 1.7 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.1 km (1.3 mi) towards NE.
19 Mar 05:20: Magnitude recalculated from 3.8 to 3.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 2.8 to 3.4 km (from 1.7 to 2.1 mi).

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 19, 2023 05:11:35 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSunday, Mar 19, 2023 at 6:11 pm (GMT +13)
Depth3.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.0904°S / 176.65688°E (Kawerau District, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)
Antipode38.09°N / 3.343°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt6 reports
Primary data sourceGEONET (NZ) (Earthquake Commission and Geological Survey, New Zealand)
Nearest volcanoOkataina (Tarawera) (14 km / 9 mi)
Nearby towns and cities4 km (2 mi) WNW of Kawerau (pop: 6,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
20 km (12 mi) SW of Edgecumbe (pop: 1,790) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
32 km (20 mi) WSW of Whakatane (pop: 18,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
36 km (23 mi) E of Rotorua (pop: 65,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
62 km (39 mi) SE of Tauranga (pop: 110,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
83 km (51 mi) NE of Taupo (Waikato) (pop: 22,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
125 km (78 mi) ESE of Hamilton (Waikato) (pop: 152,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
390 km (242 mi) NNE of Wellington (pop: 381,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 18.8°C (66 F), humidity: 91%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from S
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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3.93.4 kmNew ZealandGEONET (NZ)
3.83 kmNorth Island, New ZealandRaspberryShake

User reports for this quake (8)

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Manawahe / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s : Outside, heard a boom and then steel shed started moving | One user found this interesting.  
Maketu, Western Bay of Plenty District, Bay of Plenty (34.6 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
NEW zealand, Kawerau (4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Walking in the house  
Matata / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Rotorua / not felt
Kawerau / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : Very strong vibration rattling of photos on walls and windows  
kawerau / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Whakatane Hospital / not felt (reported through our app)

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