A light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) strikes 33 kilometers (21 miles) from Blenheim in New Zealand on Thursday. The temblor was picked up at 17:41:33 / 5:41 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, longitude 174.1208 East, latitude -41.7897 South, depth = 17.5 km. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 22/12/16 / 2016-12-22 05:41:33 / December 22, 2016 @ 5:41 am. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 17.5 km (11 miles) below the earth’s surface. Id of earthquake: us10007lx1. Event ids that are associated: us10007lx1. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).
Nearby country/countries, New Zealand (c. 4 252 000 pop) (That might be effected). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Richmond, Lower Hutt, Nelson. Epicenter of the event was 78 km (49 miles) from Wellington (c. 381 900 pop), 92 km (57 miles) from Lower Hutt (c. 101 200 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from Nelson (c. 59 200 pop), 33 km (21 miles) from Blenheim (c. 26 600 pop), 93 km (58 miles) from Richmond (c. 14 000 pop), 88 km (55 miles) from Petone (c. 6 600 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 four, in the past 30 days twenty-two and in the last 365 days two hundred and eleven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year.
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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city 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: 33 km SSE of Blenheim, New Zealand.
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