Earthquake felt by thousands in lower North Island

The quake struck on Monday night.
The quake struck on Monday night. Photo credit: Twitter/GeoNet

An earthquake struck the North Island on Monday night, with thousands of Kiwis already reporting feeling the shake.

The 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit at a depth of 21 kilometres at 7:28pm, about 20km north-east of Eketahuna in the North Island's Tararua District.

It has been described as "moderate" by GeoNet, with more than 3500 people reporting having felt the quake.

The majority of reports described the quake as "weak", however, 142 said it was moderate and 16 said it was "strong".

"Cats and dog noticed, woke hubby up," one Twitter user said. "I got a fright, but 17-year-old daughter has headphones on and is in another world."

The quake was followed by another a few minutes later - a 2.6 magnitude quake at a depth of 12km, about 15km north-east of Eketahuna, GeoNet says.

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