Quake shakes lower North Island

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A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck the southeast of the North Island, followed by a number of smaller aftershocks.

The severe-intensity quake was centred 15km east of Pongaroa and was 24km deep, striking just after 9pm this evening, GeoNet says.

More than 2800 people from Auckland to Southland have reported feeling the shaking, with one person saying it was the longest rumble they've felt in a while.

A number of aftershocks have rocked the area, measuring between magnitude 2.5-4.

Civil Defence say there are no reports of damage so far, and there is no threat of a tsunami.

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