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Light earthquake, 4.4 mag strikes near Blenheim in New Zealand



Earthquake location -41.4551S, 173.8995WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was detected on Saturday, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Blenheim in New Zealand. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 173.8995 East, latitude -41.4551 South, depth = 53.85 km. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10008q1k. Id of event: us10008q1k. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 06/05/17 / 2017-05-06 07:53:50 / May 6, 2017 @ 7:53 am. The temblor was reported at 19:53:50 / 7:53 pm (local time epicenter). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 53.85 km (33 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Country/countries that might be effected, New Zealand (c. 4 252 000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 75 km (47 miles) from Wellington (c. 381 900 pop), 89 km (55 miles) from Lower Hutt (c. 101 200 pop), 55 km (34 miles) from Nelson (c. 59 200 pop), 87 km (54 miles) from Porirua (c. 50 900 pop), 8 km (5 miles) from Blenheim (c. 26 600 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Richmond (c. 14 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Lower Hutt, Porirua, Petone (min 5000 pop).

Every 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 four and in the last 365 days one hundred and ninety-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby.

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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 8 km NNW of Blenheim, New Zealand. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 173.8995° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -41.4551° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 53.85 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 8km NNW 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 2017-05-06 07:53:50 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-05-06 08:38:22 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 298 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 0.041 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.98 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 41 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 us10008q1k Id of event.
Event Code 10008q1k An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10008q1k, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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