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The earthquake was 33 km deep and struck 120 km east of Te Araroa. It reportedly occurred at 7:37 pm, with many thousands across the country feeling it.
From the epicentre, the shake returned status reports as weak and light. Over 7800 people reported feeling the earthquake as of 7:52 pm.
M6.2 quake causing moderate shaking near Te Araroa https://t.co/Teg664HOEF
— GeoNet (@geonet) April 5, 2021
GeoNet said in a statement that aftershocks are expected.
“After a large earthquake, such as the M7.3 East Cape event on 5 March, we expect for there to be further earthquakes in the region, some of which may be widely felt. This is the largest earthquake in the region since an M6.2 on 6 March,” the statement read.
People rushed to social media to report their experience.
One user wrote, “Felt that in te aro. Spooky gentle, rolling”
Felt that in te aro. #eqnz spooky gentle, rolling
— Till (@francistill) April 5, 2021
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