Earthquake hits North Island's east

A magnitude 5.3 quake has caused some early morning rumbles and wake-ups in the North Island.

GeoNet says the quake struck just after 5:30am, 50km northwest of Te Kaha on the East Coast, and at a depth of 115km.

Seismologists reported light shaking, but reports coming in indicate it was felt widely, including in Napier, Palmerston North and Wellington.

More than 5000 reported feeling it on the GeoNet website, as far south as Christchurch and even in upper Northland.

Where the quake hit.
Where the quake hit. Photo credit: GeoNet