'Huge' magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Taumarunui

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck the central North Island on Sunday afternoon, setting off over 11,000 "felt it" reports.

The earthquake hit at a depth of 23 kilometres around 45km southwest of Taumarunui at 4:47pm.

As of publishing, six people reported the quake to the GeoNet website as 'extreme', 23 said it was 'severe' and 351 felt it was 'strong'. The majority found it to be 'weak' or 'light'.

"Oh my god that was huge," one person wrote on Twitter.

"That was a good little shake in Ōtaki... went for a few seconds," another said.

"I thought dogs were meant to be dialed into the earthquake thing. Ours just slept through it," a third wrote.