Another big quake, this time near New Plymouth

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 31 May 2020, 3:13PM
Another large quake has hit, this time near New Plymouth. (Photo / File)
Another large quake has hit, this time near New Plymouth. (Photo / File)

Another big quake, this time near New Plymouth

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sun, 31 May 2020, 3:13PM

Another large quake has hit, this time near New Plymouth.

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has rocked the city.

The 2.35pm quake struck just 10km deep, about 35km north of the city, GeoNet reports.

Some residents said the shake was strong enough to knock objects off the wall.

New Plymouth-based Herald reporter Jamie Morton described the quake as a short, sharp and violent shake.

"Rather than the rolling quakes we've had over the last week, emanating from the lower North Island, this one struck very strongly – we felt our house move."

Dogs could also be heard barking across city suburbs following the quake, Morton said.

More than 3300 people have posted on Geonet saying they felt the earthquake. While most described it as being weak to moderate, five described it as "extreme".

Earlier today a quake also struck in the lower North Island, this time a magnitude 3.6, which is predominantly being classed as weak by New Zealanders.

It comes after the region was rocked by a 4.7 magnitude earthquake at 10.56pm yesterday which was felt by more than 10,000 people.

This morning's earthquake was located 35km northwest of Levin, at a depth of 26km, according to GeoNet.

About 180 people reported feeling the earthquake on the website; 140 reported weak shaking and 41 reported light shaking.