Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes near Taupo, Taupo District, Waikato, New Zealand
4.4 quake 26 Apr 10:35 am (GMT +12)

A very shallow magnitude 4.4 earthquake was reported in the morning near Taupo, Taupo District, Waikato, New Zealand.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake hit on Monday 26 April 2021 at 10:35 am local time at a very shallow depth of 6 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Taupo (pop. 22,500) located 39 km from the epicenter, and Turangi (pop. 3,400) 44 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Taradale (pop. 16,600) located 77 km from the epicenter, Hastings (pop. 61,700) 86 km away, Rotorua (pop. 65,900) 94 km away, and Rotorua (pop. 65,900) 94 km away.
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Earthquake data:
Date & time: 26 Apr 10:35 am (GMT +12) local time (25 Apr 2021 22:35 GMT)
Magnitude: 4.4
Depth: 6.0 km
Epicenterlatitude / longitude: 38.98°S / 176.32°E (Taupo District, Waikato, New Zealand)
Primary data source: EMSC