A 5.2 magnitude earthquake rattled southern Hawke's Bay this
afternoon, with reports of it being felt as far away as
GeoNet says the quake struck at 2.01pm, and was centred 25km
north-east of Porangahau at a depth of 40km.
Seismologists described the intensity as 'moderate'.
It was followed by a swarm of smaller tremors in the same
area, including a 4.1 magnitude at 2.05pm, a 3.6 at 2.08pm
and another 3.6 a minute later.
The aftershocks were preliminary measurements.
A Central Hawke's Bay Mail staff member, based in Waipukurau,
said it was the worst she had felt, while another described
it as being as strong as some she had experienced in
"It was very violent, it was just really quick, very short -
"It was so quick I didn't have a chance to get under my desk
- my heart is still pounding. It's the biggest earthquake I
remember feeling in 60 years.''
The earthquake was felt in Wanganui as a sharp jolt and
rumble, and people took to social media to document the
Gareth Pearce, who tweeted that he was at the centre of the
quake in Waipukurau, said: "I can tell you, it came hard
One man said there was a "good shake in Palmy'', while
another said it was "wobbly in Wanganui''.
Josh in Napier said the city had "a bit of a shake'' and the
aftershocks were making him dizzy.
Nicola Gaston described the quake as a "good slow rocking'',
while Kirstin W said some items in her home had fallen onto
the floor and the shaking had made the door jam shut.
Many were using the hashtag #eqnz to tweet their experiences.
In Dannevirke, the first quake came as a shock followed by
two milder "rolling'' aftershocks, but there were no reports
of damage at this stage.
"It's just given people a bit of a shock, first one was a bit
of a jolt second was more rolling,'' local reporter Christine