Thousands feel quake in central New Zealand

Here's what we know.
Here's what we know. Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

A magnitude 4 earthquake has rattled the Wellington region on Tuesday morning.

GeoNet's preliminary reading shows the 4.0 magnitude quake struck at a depth of 37km, 30km east of French Pass at 11:07am.

More than 2000 people have reported feeling the quake, with many reporting it to be 'light'.

Kāpiti Coast District Council described it as "a good little shake!".

The Council reminded people on its Facebook page "we can't stop earthquakes happening", but "we can be prepared for them and know what to do".

It reminded residents to drop, cover and hold.

"This is the best way to protect yourself during a quake."

Just 40 minutes later, a second quake struck 5km north-east of Waipukurau.

GeoNet's website says the magnitude 3.6 quake struck at a depth of 17km, with 160 people reporting they felt it.

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake also rattled those near Arthur's Pass on Monday night. GeoNet's website said the quake hit at 10:09pm 25km north-east of Arthur's Pass, at a depth of 5km.