Nov 20, 2016

Green earthquake alert (4.6M,depth:16.73km) in New Zealand at 11/20/2016 3:31:25 PM

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:16.73km
  • 20 Nov 2016 15:31:25 UTC
  • 394636 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: 16.73 km (shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -41.724, 174.2915
  • Time (UTC): 20 Nov 2016 15:31:25
  • Time (ECT): 20 Nov 2016 16:31:25

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened inNew Zealand, County of Nelson-Marlborough. The distance to the nearest coast is 1km. The nearest places are Hauwai (11km), Taimate (13km), Blind River (14km), Ward (17km), Seddon ( <1000 people , 18km), and 50 more.

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected.

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Woodbourne (runway 4600ft, 41km), Picton Koromiko (46km), and Wellington International (runway 6300ft, 61km). The nearest ports are Cape Campbell (1km), Blenheim (19km), Picton (53km), Wellington (62km), Petone (73km), and 1 more.

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

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

Radius Population Density (people/km2)
75 km 170000 people 9
50 km 30000 people 3
20 km 1200 people 1
10 km <1000 people 0



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