A strong earthquake hit the southern half of the North Island
this morning, shaking houses and knocing items off shelves.
The magnitude 5.8 earthquake went on for at least 30 seconds
and was located 25km southeast of Tokoroa at a depth of
The quake struck at 7.19am.
GNS Science said it was a "decent subduction zone quake"
which equals deep and felt widely, though it is often not
felt where it happened.
Caz Milligan wrote on Twitter there was significant shaking
in Pohangina Valley.
"No damage, however items fell off shelves," she wrote.
In Hawke's Bay the quake rattled houses and it was felt as
far away as Wellington.
Sandra wrote on Twitter: "TV wobbled. House creaked. Photos
on dresser shook. Cat was not perturbed and wanted breakfast.
So much for animal senses."