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Light earthquake: M4.8 quake has struck near Opotiki in New Zealand

Earthquake location -37.835S, 177.5991WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) was reported 39 kilometers (24 miles) from Opotiki in New Zealand on Sunday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was detected at 21:23:02 / 9:23 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 177.5991 East, latitude -37.835 South, depth = 47.47 km. Global time and date of event 12/03/17 / 2017-03-12 09:23:02 / March 12, 2017 @ 9:23 am UTC/GMT. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 47.47 km (29 miles). Unique identifier: us20008sst. Ids that are associated to the event: us20008sst.

Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Gisborne, Kawerau, Whakatane. Epicenter of the earthquake was 98 km (61 miles) from Gisborne (c. 34 300 pop), 56 km (35 miles) from Whakatane (c. 18 600 pop), 84 km (52 miles) from Kawerau (c. 6 700 pop). Nearby country/countries, New Zealand (c. 4 252 000 pop) (That might be effected).

Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. 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 two and in the last 365 days twenty-one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 39 km NE of Opotiki, New Zealand. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 177.5991° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -37.835° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 47.47 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 39km NE of Opotiki, 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 2017-03-12 09:23:02 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-03-24 06:40:59 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 354 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 0.623 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.81 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 116 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 us20008sst Id of event.
Event Code 20008sst An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20008sst, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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