2012 Opunake earthquake

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2012 Opunake earthquake
2012 Opunake earthquake is located in New Zealand
2012 Opunake earthquake
Date 3 July 2012, 10:36 pm NZST (UTC+12:00) (2012-07-03UTC22:36Z)
Magnitude 7.0 ML; 6.3 Mw
Depth 230 kilometres (143 mi)
Epicenter 40°00′S 173°45′E / 40.00°S 173.75°E / -40.00; 173.75Coordinates: 40°00′S 173°45′E / 40.00°S 173.75°E / -40.00; 173.75
Areas affected New Zealand
Tsunami None
Casualties None

On 3 July 2012 at 10:36 pm (10:36 UTC), a major earthquake struck off the coast of New Zealand's North Island. New Zealand's GeoNet reported a magnitude of 7.0 (ML),[1] whereas the United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 6.3 (MW).[2] The earthquake was felt throughout New Zealand,[3][4][5] although there seems to have been mostly minor damage.[3][6][7]

Some residents on the Horowhenua coast evacuated to higher ground in anticipation of a tsunami, although Civil Defence believed the risk was low.[4]

The earthquake was followed by an aftershock of magnitude 4.6 at around 10:45 pm.[8]

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