Feb 15 (NZHerald) – Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have been shaken by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake centred near Wellington tonight – described by some as “massive” and “scary”.
The quake started with a large jolt followed by at least 30 seconds of moderate shaking.
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GeoNet says the quake took place at 7.38pm around 50km northwest of Paraparaumu at a depth of 48km. It classed the shaking as strong.
By 8.30pm almost 70,000 Kiwis had reported feeling the quake with the official GeoNet site, including in Auckland and Christchurch. One resident of the Garden City described it as a rolling sensation as opposed to “jolty”.
The National Emergency Management Agency has advised there is no tsunami threat, the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office shared on Facebook.
A short time later another earthquake, this one magnitude 4.0, hit 45km southwest of Taumarunui and at a depth of 78km.
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