Quake rattles North Island near Gisborne

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has rattled the Gisborne area and around the east cape, including near the scene of yesterday's White Island eruption.

The shallow quake struck 25km south of Gisborne just before 1pm. It was widely felt in Whakatane, which is still reeling from the volcanic eruption.

It was 28km deep and felt as far afield as Cambridge, Hunterville, Dannevirke and even Wellington.

Geonet says the earthquake is not related to the White Island eruption.

A school in Gisborne called it a "biggie".

A notice on Te Kura o te Muriwai school said: "That was a biggie. There was some movement of resources and no damage, but otherwise all good. Tamariki and staff all accounted for."

Gisborne District Council issued an alert on its social media pages asking: "Did you feel that one? Hope you did 'drop, cover, hold'."

Locals commenting on the council's Facebook page reported feeling it strongly around the city.

"Kōpua Hill rocked!" one said.

"Yes - I felt that. Very freaky," another wrote.

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