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Light earthquake, 4.2 mag strikes near Blenheim in New Zealand

Earthquake location -41.7708S, 174.2722WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) was reported 38 kilometers (24 miles) from Blenheim in New Zealand on Tuesday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 15/11/16 / 2016-11-15 08:42:13 / November 15, 2016 @ 8:42 am. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 174.2722 East, latitude -41.7708 South, depth = 8.44 km. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 20:42:13 / 8:42 pm (local time epicenter). Event id: us1000785m. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000785m. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 8.44 km (5 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Close country/countries that might be effected, New Zealand (c. 4 252 000 pop). The epicenter was 68 km (42 miles) from Wellington (c. 381 900 pop), 82 km (51 miles) from Lower Hutt (c. 101 200 pop), 86 km (53 miles) from Porirua (c. 50 900 pop), 39 km (24 miles) from Blenheim (c. 26 600 pop), 78 km (49 miles) from Petone (c. 6 600 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Porirua, Lower Hutt, Petone.

In the past 24 hours, there have been fifty-two, in the last 10 days ninety-three, in the past 30 days ninety-three and in the last 365 days one hundred and two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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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. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 38 km SE of Blenheim, New Zealand.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 174.2722° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -41.7708° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 8.44 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 38km SE of Blenheim, 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 2016-11-15 08:42:13 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-11-29 12:43:36 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 720 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 271 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 0.048 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.73 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 98 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 us1000785m Id of event.
Event Code 1000785m An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us1000785m, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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