M 5.6 in New Zealand on 19 Sep 2023 21:14 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID EQ 1392266
Earthquake Magnitude: 5.6M
Depth: 11.7 Km
Lat/Lon: -43.7064 , 171.118
Event Date: 19 Sep 2023 21:14 UTC
20 Sep 2023 09:14 Local
Exposed Population: 3 thousand in MMI&>=V
Inserted at: 19 Sep 2023 21:33 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity:
2 (New Zealand)


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GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us7000kwrq Scaled population (raster) 0  
  C1 shakemap 0  
  C2 shakemap 0  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0  
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New Zealand - Earthquake (ECHO 20 Sep 2023)Wed, 20 Sep 2023 10:40

  • An earthquake of 5.6 M at a depth of 12 km occurred in the central part of the Southern Island, on 19 September at 21.14 UTC ( 19 September 09:14 local time). The epicentre was located in the mountains approximately nearly 40 km west of Methven and 45 km north of Geraldine (southern Canterbury Region).
  • USGS PAGER estimates that up to 3,000 people were exposed to moderate shaking and up to 478,000 people to light shaking.
  • According to media, thousands of people felt strong shaking. This earthquake is the one with the highest magnitude this year.
  • As of 20 September, there were no reports of damage by this earthquake.
Detailed event map. European Union, 2023. Map produced by EC-JRC.
The boundaries and the names shown on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the European Union.

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (48), (3), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), WMO (1), USGS (5), INFORM (2),