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M 5.8 in New Zealand on 16 May 2018 17:22 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Earthquake impact

Earthquake event

Population map close up
Population map close up. (Source: JRC)
  • Magnitude: 5.8 M
  • Depth: 10 km (very shallow)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC us1000e6hz
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -33.9157, -179.5412
  • Time (UTC): 16 May 2018 17:22:13
  • Time (ECT): 16 May 2018 19:22:13
  • INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 1.1 ()

Event time line

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IDAlertScore DateMag, DepthMax Intensity (MMI*)Pop [100 km or MMI 9-7]Tsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm) Source
1210851 0.01

Calculation Episode detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km or MMI9-7    
20km or Max MMI    
Max Height(m)
Episode 1210851
0.01 realtime 2018-05-16 17:41:30 No people affected 0
  Earthquake 227932
0 realtime 2018-05-16 17:41:30 No people affected No people affected 0
  Shakemap 2
0.01 realtime 2018-05-16 19:26:46 No people affected No people affected 0
16 May 2018 17:22 5.8M, 10km N/A No people affected 00:18 NEIC NEIC

(*) Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

Earthquake impact details


Population near epicenter
Radius Population
100 km no people
75 km no people
50 km no people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

The earthquake happened in New Zealand , County of East Cape.

Affected provinces

Region Province Country Population
East Cape New Zealand -
Bay of Plenty New Zealand -

Affected Populated Places

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Critical infrastructure

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