'Strong' 6.3 earthquake felt near Wellington followed by another quake by Taupō

Tens of thousands of Kiwis have been rocked by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck near Wellington on Wednesday evening.

The quake was then shortly followed by a weaker earthquake near Taupō.

GeoNet said the quake hit at 7:38pm Wednesday 50km north-west of Paraparaumu at a depth of 50km. Since the earthquake was relatively shallow it meant it was felt more widely and strongly.

The shaking has been classified as "strong" with over 61,000 reports of people feeling the tremors stretching across the whole country, according to GeoNet.

A second earthquake was reported at 8pm Wednesday near Taupō.

Geonet said the magnitude 4 earthquake was located 45 km south-west of Taumarunui, at a depth of 78 km.

Over 3600 people reported the quake which GeoNet has described as "weak".

The National Emergency Management Agency has advised there is no tsunami threat.

Fire and Emergency told Newshub they have had no callouts in Wellington to damage from the earthquake so far.

Foxton takeaways Mr Grumpys told Newshub they "were definitely keeping an eye on the vats" but there was no damage. Customers also said "that was a good one" and "Mother Nature doesn't like us right now".

People have flocked to social media to report feeling the quake's tremors.

"On a zoom call with colleagues around the motu and saw our Wgtn people screens shaking," Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson tweeted.

"That was genuinely the loudest, strongest, scariest, and longest earthquake I’ve ever experienced. Never ever liked earthquakes, but I’m so grateful there’s no big damage, and we’re safe. What was scariest was how loud it was," Twitter user Rewa wrote.


Twitter user @theshapetweets_ caught the earthquake's tremors on camera from their Whanganui home.

The quake comes just two days after a magnitude 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck 25km west of Gisborne.

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