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4.6 earthquake felt widely across central NZ

Author
NZ Herald,
Section
Emergency,
Publish Date
Thursday, 22 August 2019, 4:36PM
The 4.6 quake was measured 30km east of Seddon at a depth of 12km. (Photo / GeoNet)
The 4.6 quake was measured 30km east of Seddon at a depth of 12km. (Photo / GeoNet)

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked the top of the South Island and lower North Island.

The quake struck 30km away from Seddon, at a depth of 12km, at 4.10pm.

GeoNet has classified the quake as 'moderate', however a few people have reported its strength as extreme, severe or strong.

More than 3000 people have reported feeling the quake - from as far away as Dunedin and as far north as Auckland.

However, the majority of the felt reports are located around Blenheim and Wellington.

In 2013, Seddon was rocked by a 6.5 earthquake which caused damage across the Marlborough and Wellington areas, followed by several aftershocks.

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