North Island struck by 6.1 magnitude Earthquake

North Island struck by 6.1 magnitude Earthquake

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Following shakes in Christchurch earlier in the evening, the whole of the North Island and parts of the northern South Island felt a magnitude 6.1 earthquake.

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.

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”

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