Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes lower North Island

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck off the southwestern coast of the North Island, with thousands of people saying they felt it.

The quake was 90 kilometres deep and hit 50 kilometres south of Waverley, Taranaki, at 1:42pm on Monday.

More than 2700 people reported to GeoNet that they felt the earthquake, with most saying the shaking was weak or light.

"Looks like quite a few people felt the earthquake near Waverley," the National Emergency Management Agency said on Twitter. "Hope everyone is okay."

On Twitter, one user said the shaking was "long and gentle".

"Was that a shake or a passing truck?" another wrote.

A third user said they "heard this one coming" and it was a "very slow shake and low rumble".

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