Wellington shook by sharp ‘moderate’ magnitude 4.5 Earthquake

Wellington shook by sharp ‘moderate’ magnitude 4.5 Earthquake

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A magnitude 4.5 Earthquake shook Wellington and surrounding areas of the lower North Island early Thursday morning at around 1:10 am.

According to Geonet, the earthquake was located 10 km west of Upper Hutt and had a depth of 25 km.

The shaking intensity was moderate.


Over 12,900 people have reported feeling the shake.

A statement was posted by GeoNet roughly 15 minutes after the shake, reading: “That was an early New Years Eve wake up for Greater Wellington today with a M4.5 earthquake occurring 10km West of Upper Hutt.” 

Within minutes 12,000+ reports of the shake were submitted.

Many comments posted online reported that they heard the earthquake coming before eventually hitting.

Source: CC/ Brent H

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Image: GeoNet

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