A sharp earthquake rocked the lower North Island today.
An initial report from GeoNet said the magnitude 5.1 quake
struck 20km south west of Ohakune at 3.46pm.
GeoNet said the quake struck at a depth of 76km. It was a
"subduction zone event" so was felt quite far afield, the
People from Auckland to Waverley reporting feeling the quake.
Most people reported feeling it as a light to moderate shake,
with only Wellington reports as moderate to strong shaking.
So far, more than 4600 people reported to GeoNet that they
felt the quake.
Hawke's Bay resident Ian Shears said the quake felt like a
"Hell of a jolt in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay. Was sitting at
home on computer and house started shaking, at first I
thought it was bulldozer on building site next door, but when
workers started running out of site building, I got under
New Plymouth resident Jim Irving said he felt the quake while
watching the Junior World Rugby Cup.
"Wow, I am sitting here watching the Junior World Rugby Cup
and first thought that giant Skelton( 19yrs old, 150kg,
2.05m) from Samoa had fallen down then realised it was quiet
a severe quake."
Motorists in the Hutt Valley and Wainuiomata described being
on the road, as the quake was happening.
"The whole car started rocking, rolling for five, six
"Now the car's shaking.
"I felt like someone was pushing the side of the car and
rocking it," a motorist told Newstalk ZB.
People from Blenheim to Wairarapa described the scary jolt,
in multi-storey buildings.
No damage has yet been reported to the fire service, a
central fire communications spokeswoman said.