Severe quake shakes Wellington

Last updated 15:58 20/01/2014

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A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake has rocked Wellington and the lower North Island this afternoon.

The quake struck just before 4pm and was centred 5km north of Castlepoint on the Wairarapa coastline at a depth of 90km.

Heather Gowans and her partner Adrian Tutauha: Live in Solway, Masterton - about 40 km from quake centre.

"It was a really shaking and rolling- it went on for about 30 seconds. Adrian ran to grab the flat screen TV just in time. It just kept going and going and was swaying really bad. Everything was swaying and the place was creaking and groaning- but luckily nothing is broken."

Wellington City Council spokesman Richard Maclean said there were no reports of damage yet but civil defence staff were doing the usual checks now. 

TranzMetro have suspended train services in the Wellington region until further notice. 





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