North Island woken by earthquake

Last updated 07:54 08/12/2012

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A swarm of earthquakes, including a magnitude 5.8 quake, have rattled the country this morning.

The largest quake to hit New Zealand this morning was a 5.8 quake which struck at 7.19am. It was 175 kilometres deep and centred 20km south east of Tokoroa.

It was felt widely throughout the central North Island and in Wellington, GeoNet reported.

It was also felt as far north as Auckland and as far south as Marlborough.

The quake was one of 24 quakes, ranging from magnitude 1.2 to 5.8, so far today, according to GeoNet.

A 3.7 tremor which struck just four minutes after the 5.8 quake, was also widely felt throughout the North Island. It was centred 15km east of Tokoroa and was 198km deep.

Five more quakes have followed, another magnitude 2.6 quake was centred just north of Tokoroa and a 2.9 quake which struck at 7.31am was 15km south of Tauranga.

Smaller quakes were centred near Whanganui and Murupara. 

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