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Light earthquake: M4.5 quake has struck near Amberley in New Zealand

Earthquake location -42.7363S, 172.7954WA light earthquake magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) has occurred on Sunday, 48 kilometers (30 miles) from Amberley in New Zealand. The temblor was detected at 23:05:33 / 11:05 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Unique identifier: us20008hs0. Ids that are associated to the event: us20008hs0. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 05/02/17 / 2017-02-05 11:05:33 / February 5, 2017 @ 11:05 am. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 24.52 km (15 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact location, longitude 172.7954° East, latitude -42.7363° South, depth = 24.52 km.

Country/countries that might be effected, New Zealand (c. 4 252 000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 90 km (56 miles) from Christchurch (c. 363 900 pop), 72 km (45 miles) from Kaiapoi (c. 10 200 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Christchurch, Kaiapoi (min 5000 pop).

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

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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity 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: 48 km N of Amberley, New Zealand.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.5 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 172.7954° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -42.7363° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 24.52 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 48km N of Amberley, 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 2017-02-05 11:05:33 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-02-24 07:45:59 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 312 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 0.29 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 83 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 us20008hs0 Id of event.
Event Code 20008hs0 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20008hs0, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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