Quake wakes up Wellingtonians for second time in three days

It measured 4.2.
It measured 4.2. Photo credit: Getty

There was an early morning shake awake for some in the Wellington region on Saturday.

The magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled the region just before 5am.

GeoNet says the quake was 26km deep and centred 5km west of Upper Hutt.

People across the lower North Island and upper South Island reported feeling it - more than 7600 by 7am. 

A magnitude 4.5 quake hit the same area on December 31, and another - also measuring 4.5 - on December 7.

"Ok 2021 we need to have words! 2020 did its last minute thing with an earthquake. You do not have to do the same to start the year!" one local tweeted.

"This morning's #eqnz felt slightly stronger than the last one to me," wrote another. 

"Not going to lie. That's a wake up call I could have lived without," said a third.