'Ghost' earthquake reported

07:37, Mar 26 2014

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake reported near Dannevirke this afternoon was a "ghost quake".

At first Geonet reported the earthquake was located 15km west of Dannevirke at a depth of 6km at 4.35pm.

Despite reports to Geonet of the earthquake being felt in Wellington and the Kapiti Coast Geonet soon announced it was a misreading.

"Sorry the Dannevirke event is a 'Ghost Quake' it's actually a deep earthquake south of Fiji," A Geonet Twitter account said.

Geonet's initial reports of earthquakes are automated with the information then double checked by its staff.

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