5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Te Anau

5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Te Anau
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A 5.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled the lower South Island.

The quake, which had a depth of 5km, struck 90km west of Te Anau at 4:20pm on Thursday, GeoNet reports.

Dozens of people reporting feeling the quake to the GeoNet website, the majority of which reported the shaking to be weak or light.

The light quake comes after many around the lower North Island felt a 5.8 -agnitude quake at 11:49 pm on Wednesday. 

More than 38,000 people reported it to the GeoNet website, and it was felt as far as Southland.