Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake strikes lower South Island

Magnitude 5.5 Earthquake strikes lower South Island

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GeoNet reports a magnitude 5.5 earthquake that struck the lower South Island and surrounding areas on Monday afternoon at 4.09pm.

The quake occurred at a depth of 13 km and struck about 70 km west of Te Anau.

Many had reported feeling it mostly in the Napier area, being a ‘light’ or ‘weak’ shake. 


One person took to Twitter, saying it was a ‘good jolt’ while they were waiting to pick their daughter up.

“Felt this in the ute while waiting to pick daughter up off the bus, good jolt,” they wrote.

Yesterday a magnitude 4.2 quake struck on the Eastern side of the North Island.

Many people reported feeling it and hearing it in Napier and surrounding areas.

Image: SUPPLIED/GeoNet

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