Moderate 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes New Zealand

A moderate earthquake magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) strikes east of the North Island of New Zealand (0 miles) on Sunday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of event, longitude -179.5155 West, latitude -35.6008 South, depth = 10 km. The temblor was picked up at 23:37:33 / 11:37 pm (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 20/08/17 / 2017-08-20 23:37:33 / August 20, 2017 @ 11:37 pm. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). All ids that are associated to the event: us2000aa14. Unique identifier: us2000aa14.

There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year. 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 fourteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.

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