A strong, deep 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit 20 km south of Taumarunui was felt around the country.
The quake struck at 3.13pm on Tuesday. Although it was 6.2 magnitude it was centered at a depth of 207km.
Civil Defence said there is no tsunami threat.
Director Sarah Stuart-Black said “When an earthquake is this deep it can mean it is widely felt beyond the immediate area where it’s taken place. In Wellington, I’m based very near the Beehive, it was a long earthquake, it wasn’t a jolt. It was more the fact that it was long, it went on for sometime.”
She said at this stage there were no reports of damage, but people should check their homes.
More than 15,000 people have reported feeling the quake on GeoNet.
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