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M5.6 Quake Strikes South Island, NZ

Posted by feww on January 6, 2015

SCENARIOS 700, [500,] 08, 07, 02

Strong earthquake strikes 124km WNW of Christchurch, New Zealand

Centered at 43.071°S, 171.230°E the quake struck at a depth of 9.1km (5.7mi), said USGS/EHP.

At least one significant aftershock, measuring 4.2Mw was recorded, as of posting.

EQ Details
Event Time: 2015-01-05 17:48:42 UTC
Location: 43.071°S 171.230°E depth=9.1km (5.7mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 44km (27mi) SSE of Hokitika, New Zealand
  • 124km (77mi) WNW of Christchurch
  • 353km (219mi) SW of Wellington

Other earthquakes in NZ Region today include

  • M5.3 – 206km NNW of Auckland Island, New Zealand
    Location: 49.108°S 164.701°E
    Depth: 27.0km
  • M4.8 – 214km S of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
    Location: 33.349°S 179.184°W
    Depth: 23.3km


NZ’s geonet reported the quake intensity as “severe” with the following details:

  • Magnitude: 6.0
  • Depth: 5km
  • Date/Time: January 5, 2015 @ 17:48:41UTC
  • Location:  -43.06°S , 171.25°E; 30 km West of Arthur’s Pass

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