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last updated: 02/22/11 10:43.34 (PST)

On Monday February 21 2011 at 3:51 PM (PST) the USArray seismic network recorded an earthquake (preliminary 6.3 M) located near South Island.

Initial source parameters for this tremor are indicated below. The epicentral distance (i.e. distance separating the epicenter and the closest station in the recording network, SMM) for the USArray is 11081 km (99.54 degrees).

If you felt the quake, the USGS would like to know. Please add your comments to the USGS page "Did you feel it?".


Global map view
Solution Parameters
Local Date:Monday February 21, 2011
Local Time: 3:51 PM PST
Universal Time:02/21/11 (052) 23:51.43 UTC
Magnitude:6.3 M
Depth:4 km

Proximity to Population Centers

  • 5 km (3 miles) NNW (330 degrees) of Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 211 km (131 miles) SSE (157 degrees) of Westport, New Zealand
  • 304 km (189 miles) SW (215 degrees) of Wellington, New Zealand


Mercator projection regional view

The red star denotes the earthquake epicenter. Triangle symbols are active stations at the time of the earthquake in the USArray (excluding ANSS backbone stations and GSN stations, which are represented by a diamond symbol) and colored by network. Blue lines are major rivers. Thin black lines are state boundaries and thick black lines are national boundaries.

Regional map view
Network Legend
 Transportable Array (TA)
 UC San Diego (AZ)
 CalTech (CI)
 Uni. Utah (UU)
 ANSS backbone stations (US)
 Global Seismograph Network (IU)

Regional satellite view

The red marker denotes the earthquake epicenter.

Detailed terrain view

The red marker denotes the earthquake epicenter.


You may view plots showing this event as recorded by USArray instruments:

3 components recorded by SMM, the closest USArray station to the event (filtered BW 0.01-0.07 BP):

Latest monthly deployment map

Every arrival station waveforms

View waveforms from any station* that recorded arrivals for the event by entering the station code below (e.g. 109C) and clicking the 'View waveforms' button:

* – If waveforms are filtered, the filter type is listed on the image

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Current seismic activity measured by USArray

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Further information

Learn more about the Array Network Facility (ANF) component of USArray, the USArray experiment, the EarthScope project, and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS).

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