Seddon shaken by shallow earthquake

The quake struck just before 5am.
The quake struck just before 5am. Photo credit: Getty.

The top of the South Island received an early morning wake-up courtesy of a 4.4 magnitude earthquake.

The quake, which hit just before 5am on Friday 15km east of Seddon, struck at the shallow depth of 12km. The quake has been classified as "moderate", the first of such strength in over a week. 

According to GeoNet's "Felt Report Summary", more than 220 people have reported feeling the earthquake, with the majority of reports coming from Blenheim and Seddon. Some Wellington residents have also reported feeling the shake.

New Zealand wasn't the only country shaking on Friday. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake has struck 99km south-east of Russia's Kuril Islands. It did not cause any major damage and didn't generate a tsunami.