Hundreds rattled by Pongaroa quakes

Two consecutive quakes struck early in the morning, shaking people awake.
Two consecutive quakes struck early in the morning, shaking people awake. Photo credit: Getty

Hundreds of people have been rattled after earthquakes struck Pongaroa on Wednesday morning.

Two consecutive quakes hit the small township, located in the southeast of the North Island, at around 6am.

The first measured around magnitude 4.6, while the second was magnitude 3.7.

The quakes were widely felt in the region, with nearly 800 people reporting feeling them on GeoNet.

"I'm pretty sure I just felt an earthquake? Like my bed was shaking," one person commented on Twitter.

"It just shook like my bed and made my walls shake, it's the first strong with had in a while & it woke me up [sic]."

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