A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the east coast of the
North Island and been followed by a group of smaller quakes
The strongest quake was 195km north of Te Araroa and 294km
deep about 5.15pm.
GeoNet said the quake had a "moderate" intensity and
WeatherWatch.co.nz said it was felt from the Bay of Plenty to
WeatherWatch said it had reports of the quake being felt in
Wellington, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Masterton, Palmerston
North, Bay of Plenty and Christchurch.
The earthquake was followed by other weaker tremors,
including a 4.2-magnitude quake 102km deep about 50km north
of Te Araroa at 7.30pm, a 3.5-magnitude quake 5km deep near
Opunake shortly after midnight, and a 3.5-magnitude quake
50km deep near Levin about 1am.
GeoNet said all of the earthquakes were "likely felt" but
most were "weak".