New Zealand rattled by powerful magnitude 6.2 earthquake

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.


Fire and Emergency New Zealand said that at this stage, there have been no reports of any injuries or damage.

PHOTO: Geoscience Australia

New Zealand Parliament in Wellington was suspended following the strong tremor, however is understood to have since resumed.

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.