Nov 22, 2016

Green earthquake alert (5.3M,depth:3.79km) in New Zealand at 11/22/2016 5:13:36 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 5.3M, Depth:3.79km
  • 22 Nov 2016 05:13:36 UTC
  • 415144 people within 100km

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

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Earthquake Event


  • Magnitude: 5.3 M
  • Depth: 3.79 km (very shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -42.8767, 172.9699
  • Time (UTC): 22 Nov 2016 05:13:36
  • Time (ECT): 22 Nov 2016 06:13:36

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened inNew Zealand, County of Canterbury. The nearest places are Scargill (6km), Ethelton (9km), Motunau (9km), Culverden ( <1000 people , 15km), Omihi (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 Christchurch International (runway 10700ft, 76km), and Wigram (runway 5100ft, 82km). The nearest ports are Rangiora (54km), Christchurch (78km), Kaikoura (78km), and Lyttelton (83km).

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

The approximate distance within which light damage may occur is 3km (equivalent to Modified Mercalli Index IV).

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

Radius Population Density (people/km2)
75 km 61000 people 3
50 km 11000 people 1
20 km 2000 people 1
10 km <1000 people 1



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