Whakaari/White Island - Updates

Magnitude 3.7, Wed Nov 7 2018 7:50 AM

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PublicID 2018p837256
UTC Time 2018-11-06T18:50:26Z
Latitude -39.16 (± 2.4 km)
Longitude 177.53 (± 2.4 km)
Depth 25 km (± 3 km)
Depth Type free
Earth Model iasp91
Used Phase Count 55
Used Station Count 34
Standard Error 0.61 (s)
Azimuthal Gap 121.17 (degrees)
Minimum Distance 0.17 (degrees)


Type Magnitude Station Count
Preferred (M) 3.7  
MLv 3.7 (± 0.2) 26
ML 4.1 (± 0.3) 26
M 3.7 26

GeoNet combines magnitudes into a summary magnitude, M, which consists of a weighted average of the individual magnitudes and attempts to be a best possible compromise between all magnitudes for a range of earthquake sizes. Summary magnitude for GeoNet is then defined as:

M = (2 * MLv + (0.4 * number_of stations(Mw(mB)) - 1) * Mw(mB)) / (2 + (0.4 * number_of_stations(Mw(mB)) - 1))

Where MLv is local magnitude calculated on the vertical component and Mw(mB) is a Mw estimation based of mB by Bormann and Saul (2008).

Origin Map

Map of New Zealand.

Map showing stations with picks used to locate the earthquake. Stations with picks that have a zero weight in the solution are shown as small grey circles. Those with a higher weight are shown as larger circles. The quake is shown by the largest circle.

Pick Residuals

-3.0-2.0- (s)01Distance (degrees)Pick Residuals

Station Magnitudes (MLv) (degrees)Station Magnitudes (MLv)

Station Magnitudes (ML) (degrees)Station Magnitudes (ML)

Magnitude Residuals (MLv)

- (degrees)Magnitude Residuals (MLv)

Magnitude Residuals (ML)

- (degrees)Magnitude Residuals (ML)