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Moderate earthquake 5.4 mag, 32 km NNE of Castlepoint, New Zealand

Earthquake location -40.6511S, 176.4257WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.4 (ml/mb) was reported 32 kilometers (20 miles) from Castlepoint in New Zealand on Monday. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 176.4257 East, latitude -40.6511 South, depth = 21.39 km. The 5.4-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 21:05:00 / 9:05 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Unique identifier: us10003mxv. Ids that are associated to the event: us10003mxv. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 12/10/15 / 2015-10-12 08:05:00 / October 12, 2015 @ 8:05 am. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 21.39 km (13 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Country/countries that might be effected, New Zealand (c. 4 252 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 76 km (47 miles) from Palmerston North (c. 76 000 pop), 73 km (45 miles) from Masterton (c. 20 700 pop), 97 km (60 miles) from Levin (c. 19 800 pop), 108 km (67 miles) from Otaki (c. 6 100 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Otaki, Levin, Palmerston North (min 5000 pop).

There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 32 km NNE of Castlepoint, New Zealand. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 176.4257° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -40.6511° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 21.39 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 32km NNE of Castlepoint, New Zealand Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2015-10-12 08:05:00 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-10-12 08:23:08 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 780 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 2 The total number of felt reports
CDI 3.8 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 449 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.139 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.64 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 103 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us10003mxv Id of event.
Event Code 10003mxv An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10003mxv, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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