'Severe' quake strikes off East Cape

'Severe' quake strikes off East Cape

A strong quake shook the North Island's East Cape on Thursday morning.

It measured 5.7, and was rated "severe" by quake monitoring service GeoNet.

It struck at 10:04am, 25km deep and about 100km northeast of Te Araroa and 188km from Gisborne, in the Pacific Ocean.

According to reports on the GeoNet website, it could be felt across much of the North Island.

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Response on social media was muted, with the only Twitter responses on usual hashtag #eqnz coming from Civil Defence, GeoNet and news reports of the quake.

Civil Defence said there was no risk of a tsunami.