Nov 22, 2016

Green earthquake alert (4.6M,depth:14.89km) in New Zealand at 11/22/2016 9:49:38 AM

Green Earthquake in New Zealand


Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 6x4 decimal degrees (approx. 650x450km2).


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

  • Earthquake Magnitude 4.6M, Depth:14.89km
  • 22 Nov 2016 09:49:38 UTC
  • 426437 people within 100km

Whether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.

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Earthquake Event


  • Magnitude: 4.6 M
  • Depth: 14.89 km (shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -42.9746, 173.0196
  • Time (UTC): 22 Nov 2016 09:49:38
  • Time (ECT): 22 Nov 2016 10:49:38

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened inNew Zealand, County of Canterbury. The nearest places are Motunau (4km), Scargill (7km), Ethelton (11km), Omihi (14km), Domett (20km), and 62 more.

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected.

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Christchurch International (runway 10700ft, 69km), and Wigram (runway 5100ft, 74km). The nearest ports are Rangiora (46km), Christchurch (69km), Lyttelton (74km), Kaikoura (83km), and Akaroa (92km).

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

The population near the earthquake is shown in the table below.

Radius Population Density (people/km2)
75 km 190000 people 11
50 km 11000 people 1
20 km 1600 people 1
10 km <1000 people 2



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