New Zealand has just been rocked by a powerful magnitude 6.2 earthquake, which hit near the city of New Plymouth on the North Island.
The quake struck at a depth of 207km, about 25km south-west of Taumarunui, at 3.13pm local time.
According to Geoscience Australia, the quake could have been felt by people up to 520km away and could have caused damage up to 41km away.
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Fire and Emergency New Zealand said that at this stage, there have been no reports of any injuries or damage.
New Zealand Parliament in Wellington was suspended following the strong tremor, however is understood to have since resumed.
Hi everyone, we all felt that here at Parliament. Early indications are that it was 6.7 near Taumamaranui. Shakeout taught us all to drop cover and hold. Check your neighbours and family are OK. Will update soon as we get more information. #shakeout
— Kris Faafoi Mana (@KrisinMana) October 30, 2018
Shocked residents have taken to social media to share their earthquake experience.
“I’m on the second story of my house and it was definitely swaying from side-to-side,” one person wrote.
“Wholly crap we just had an epic quake in palmy. First Big one since I’ve been back. Just keeps going,” commented another.
Authorities confirmed there is no tsunami threat.
That was a very widely felt earthquake. We hope you are all okay. More information soon. #eqnz
— GeoNet (@geonet) October 30, 2018
To those who felt the quake – GNS have confirmed their assessment that it was M6.2 and 25km SW of Taumarunui. Widely felt across central NZ. Grabbing updates from officials but in the meantime, do check on those around you!
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) October 30, 2018