An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale has been widely felt across the lower North Island.
Initial reports on GNS’ website show the quake was felt in Wellington, Nelson, New Plymouth and up to the Coromandel.
GNS Science said the earthquake was a magnitude 6.5, centred 150km deep, 30km west of Taupo. It struck at 3.36pm.
Wellington City Council said there were no immediate reports of damage.
GNS volcanologist Brad Scott said although the earthquake was centred near Taupo it was more likely felt on the east coast of both islands.
Dr Scott said the quake was below the plate boundary, and the volcanic zone of the central North Island would have absorbed much of the energy.
There have been reports of it being broadly felt along the east coast in Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa, but not in Taupo, he said.
On Twitter Welly and Guestimations were trending in response with one poster describing how it felt:
- @grantrobertson1 I was not shreiking, so much as exhaling in a high pitch. Biggest shake we have had in Welly for some time. #eqnz
- @victoriawynnnz Woah, 6.5! It was a far way way but woah, being 14 floors up on a building made to shake (best eq building in welly) is freaky!
- Ngatai Huata Yep!! Lasted 40 seconds … here in Akina, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay! Felt like the aftermath of a 3.3 …
- Noelleen Hawkins felt it here in Mohaka HB……..SCARY!!!
- Lorraine Smith ?30km west of Taupo – lucky it was 150km deep. My daughter felt it here in Omaio!!
- Missy Nelson felt in nelson & greymouth.. seems like it was felt all over the country? wicked alrite..