LATEST: Wellington Electricity spokesperson Drew Douglas said that all customers had been reconnected by 4.30pm.
Immediately after the quake up to 2500 customers were without power in Wrights Hill, Wanuiomata, Karori and Makara.
If customers were still down, the issue was not with the network and people are advised to call their retailer.
Gas supply in Wellington, Hutt Valley and Porirua has been unaffected, according to Powerco spokesman Neil Holdom.
He said crews would be checking key junctions in the network systematically but at this early stage he was unaware of any problems.
Reports of damage to property have started coming in, a police spokesman said, with broken glass down Manners St in central Wellington and elsewhere.
It was too early to know the extent of the damage, he said. But police officers were out on patrol and would soon decide if any roads needed to be closed.
"We've got the guys just getting around down in the streets. There's broken stuff, broken glass and the like. There probably will be streets closed off."
Early reports were that there was no serious damage.
The fire service also reported receiving no call-outs for sever damage. Fire crews were being occupied responding to automatic alarms triggered throughout the city, and several people were reported trapped in lifts.
A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said extra crews had been deployed on the road. There had not been any reports of injuries following the quake, he said.
Phones and internet
Phone and internet infrastructure company Chorus said it was currently assessing the impact of the earthquake on its network, but early indications were that there had been no widespread damage.
The company evacuated all of its Wellington buildings for structural assessment and staff have been sent home.
Due to an earthquake, all services are currently suspended.
The quake prompted Kiwirail to suspend all train services till track inspections were completed.
Spokeswoman Sophie Lee was uncertain how long this would take and it was too early to say what affect it would have on this evening's commuter train services.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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