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Light earthquake: M4.4 quake has struck near Eltham in New Zealand

Earthquake location -39.3702S, 174.7621WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Eltham in New Zealand. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 174.67 km (109 miles). The 4.4-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 10:43:18 / 10:43 am (local time epicenter). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 14/04/16 / 2016-04-14 22:43:18 / April 14, 2016 @ 10:43 pm. Exact location of event, depth 174.67 km, 174.7621° East, -39.3702° South. Id of earthquake: us20005i7a. Event ids that are associated: us20005i7a. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was New Plymouth, Wanganui, Waitara (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 68 km (42 miles) from New Plymouth (c. 49 200 pop), 67 km (42 miles) from Wanganui (c. 40 300 pop), 48 km (30 miles) from Hawera (c. 11 100 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Waitara (c. 6 300 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, New Zealand (c. 4 252 000 pop).

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. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.

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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. 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: 40 km E of Eltham, New Zealand.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 174.7621° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -39.3702° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 174.67 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 40km E of Eltham, 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 2016-04-14 22:43:18 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-04-15 00:57:42 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 720 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 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 0.859 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.71 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 58 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 us20005i7a Id of event.
Event Code 20005i7a An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20005i7a, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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