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6.1 quake off Te Araroa felt widely

A moderate earthquake off the East Coast last night was felt across the North Island, and in parts of the South Island.

As of this morning the Geonet website noted almost 8000 people had reported feeling the “moderate” 6.1 magnitude tremor, which happened at 7.37pm. The quake was centred 120 kms east of Te Araroa at a depth of 35km.

“After a large earthquake, such as the magnitude 7.3 East Cape event on March 5, we expect for there to be further earthquakes in the region, some of which may be widely felt,” a GeoNet statement said. “This is the largest earthquake in the region since a magnitude 6.2 on March 6.”

A Ruatoria resident said it was nowhere near as bad as the big one in early March but still a “good shake”. A Te Araroa resident said it was “quite a shake” lasting about 15 seconds.

“But it wasn’t much really.”

In Gisborne one resident reported it as a “gentle rolling motion” that swung the light shade in his lounge.

“It certainly got your attention for about 10-15 seconds, and then it stopped.”