Quake rattles North Island

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 196km.

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."

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