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5.7 quake shakes lower North Island

An earthquake measuring 5.7 has shaken the lower North Island awake this morning.

The quake struck at 7am, and was centred in the South Taranaki Bight, 90km south of Opunake and 160km northwest of Wellington, at a depth of 200km.

GNS Science said the quake was widely felt in the lower North Island and upper South Island, with felt reports as far north as Manaia and south as far as Christchurch.

Fire Service and police reported there had been no callouts following the jolt.

People in the Wellington region turned to Twitter to describe the jolt.

“That was a decent shake, nice way to start the day!” Cameron Holmes wrote.

“It was really shaky like quite a lot of shaking and there was practically no rumbling so i had no idea it was coming,” Lishie Grey said.

“Decent rumble (earthquake) just woke me. Here’s hoping it was only a decent one in Wellington, not a large one somewhere else…” former New Zealand Black Cap Iain O’Brien wrote.

“I didn’t feel the quake, but was woken up by my 5yr old who said it made the toys on her bed dance!” Stuart Cowley wrote.

– NZ Herald



Guest on 2/02/2012 10:27pm

Is it okay to to be excited to feel a quake in Christchurch that could be classified as a “North Island event”?

Melissa on 2/02/2012 8:43pm

A quick jolt and rattle, with very little noise here in Waikanae, usually quakes out to our west are very noisy, maybe it was quieter because it was so deep?
So just another friendly reminder from Mother Nature to be prepared. Check those water and wine supplies in you emergency kit!

David on 3/02/2012 12:41am

Wine is fine but where do I get that water from? Ha!!!


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