A light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Christchurch in New Zealand. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 12/03/16 / 2016-03-12 10:01:31 / March 12, 2016 @ 10:01 am. Exact location of event, longitude 172.81 East, latitude -43.53 South, depth = 19 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 19 km (12 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). All ids that are associated to the event: us10004wzl. Unique identifier: us10004wzl. The temblor was picked up at 23:01:31 / 11:01 pm (local time epicenter).
Event epicenter was 14 km (9 miles) from Christchurch (c. 363 900 pop), 22 km (14 miles) from Kaiapoi (c. 10 200 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Kaiapoi, Christchurch (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, New Zealand (c. 4 252 000 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days five earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year.
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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 14 km E of Christchurch, New Zealand.
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