Strong quake hits

Palmerston North resident Jason Holding talks about the earthquake and coming outside to see the front fence had fallen down.
Palmerston North resident Jason Holding talks about the earthquake and coming outside to see the front fence had fallen down.
The fire service assists residents in McGriffert Street Palmerston North after an earthquake in the Manawatu and Wairarapa regions today.
The fire service assists residents in McGriffert Street Palmerston North after an earthquake in the Manawatu and Wairarapa regions today.
Earthquake in palmerston north. Fixing Katrina Nicholson's chimney on McGriffert St.
Earthquake in palmerston north. Fixing Katrina Nicholson's chimney on McGriffert St.
Earthquake. Buses replace trains after the earthquake. Signs at the railway station advise of the change.
Earthquake. Buses replace trains after the earthquake. Signs at the railway station advise of the change.
The road to Pongaroa, in the Tararua District.
The road to Pongaroa, in the Tararua District.
Kitchen left a mess in Eketahuna.
Kitchen left a mess in Eketahuna.
Donna Isaacson's shed in Ashhurst a little worse for wear after the earthquake.
Donna Isaacson's shed in Ashhurst a little worse for wear after the earthquake.
Crack in the road of Apollo Parade, Palmerston North.
Crack in the road of Apollo Parade, Palmerston North.
The rockfall at Castlepoint.
The rockfall at Castlepoint.
Damaged power poles.
Damaged power poles.
Ricky Gray's TV was badly damaged in the quake. "[I] Could hear the quake coming about twenty seconds before I felt it."
Ricky Gray's TV was badly damaged in the quake. "[I] Could hear the quake coming about twenty seconds before I felt it."
Feilding New World.
Feilding New World.
Damage at a home in Opiki.
Damage at a home in Opiki.
Charlotte Robertson and Zaria Hemara were at Saddle Bridge, where the earthquake caused a landslide. "I was horrified to see a huge dust cloud spreading across the river as part of the cliff gave way. As the shaking subsided I grabbed my phone and tried to take photos of the dust cloud and the scarred cliff.”
Charlotte Robertson and Zaria Hemara were at Saddle Bridge, where the earthquake caused a landslide. "I was horrified to see a huge dust cloud spreading across the river as part of the cliff gave way. As the shaking subsided I grabbed my phone and tried to take photos of the dust cloud and the scarred cliff.”
A large cliff slip near Mangaweka caused the Rangitikei River to change colour.
A large cliff slip near Mangaweka caused the Rangitikei River to change colour.
One of two houses to lose chimney's on McGiffert St in Palmerston North.
One of two houses to lose chimney's on McGiffert St in Palmerston North.
The Greig family said: "This is one of the many cracks we found in the driveway near our front door. We live 15 minutes south west of Palmerston North".
The Greig family said: "This is one of the many cracks we found in the driveway near our front door. We live 15 minutes south west of Palmerston North".
Children being evacuated from a building in Palmerston North.
Children being evacuated from a building in Palmerston North.
Palmerston North's Leeds St resident Maria Dalziel said her fence toppled "like a house of cards".
Palmerston North's Leeds St resident Maria Dalziel said her fence toppled "like a house of cards".
Earthquake in Palmerston North. Douglas Jarrett, who was in the square edge building running a holiday programme, checks to see if there are any cracks in building.
Earthquake in Palmerston North. Douglas Jarrett, who was in the square edge building running a holiday programme, checks to see if there are any cracks in building.
Brenda Anderson tweeted this photo: "Damage at Pukaha Mt Bruce just after today's quake."
Brenda Anderson tweeted this photo: "Damage at Pukaha Mt Bruce just after today's quake."
Two chimneys on a street in McGiffert Street, Palmerston North.
Two chimneys on a street in McGiffert Street, Palmerston North.
Scrambled eggs!
Scrambled eggs!
Earthquake. A Hobbit eagle falls in front of the Billie Chu food outlet at the Wellington Airport.
Earthquake. A Hobbit eagle falls in front of the Billie Chu food outlet at the Wellington Airport.
Earthquake. A Hobbit eagle falls in front of the Billie Chu food outlet at the Wellington Airport.
Earthquake. A Hobbit eagle falls in front of the Billie Chu food outlet at the Wellington Airport.
Earthquake. A Hobbit eagle falls in front of the Billie Chu food outlet at the Wellington Airport.
Earthquake. A Hobbit eagle falls in front of the Billie Chu food outlet at the Wellington Airport.
A news crew takes video of the eagle that landed at Wellington Airport in the earthquake - thankfully not hurting anyone.
A news crew takes video of the eagle that landed at Wellington Airport in the earthquake - thankfully not hurting anyone.
Andy Burt tweeted this photo, writing, "Rock falls all along the Manawatu Gorge following the quake."
Andy Burt tweeted this photo, writing, "Rock falls all along the Manawatu Gorge following the quake."
Thankfully no one was hurt when the eagle came crashing down.
Thankfully no one was hurt when the eagle came crashing down.
Karen Monks of Masterton tweeted this picture of the contents of her pantry.
Karen Monks of Masterton tweeted this picture of the contents of her pantry.
Karen Monks of Masterton took this shot of her office, writing that it was "less fuzzy" than a previous photo now that her hands had stopped shaking.
Karen Monks of Masterton took this shot of her office, writing that it was "less fuzzy" than a previous photo now that her hands had stopped shaking.
Karen Monks of Masterton tweeted that she had "big cracks in every room" following the quake.
Karen Monks of Masterton tweeted that she had "big cracks in every room" following the quake.
@Femkesvs tweeted this picture of her bookshelf: "Well that was the bookshelf".
@Femkesvs tweeted this picture of her bookshelf: "Well that was the bookshelf".
Apparently no one was hurt when the eagle crashed at Wellington airport
Apparently no one was hurt when the eagle crashed at Wellington airport

A strong earthquake has rattled the central New Zealand this afternoon.

GNS said the magnitude-6.3 quake hit 10 km north-west of Castlepoint at a depth of 50km.

The quake was felt strongly in the Manawatu area with some people in Palmerston North reporting things toppling off their shelves. And one resident said concrete had sunk around their house.  

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."

"We were just standing talking to my partner in the hall, and we got a good fright actually," said William Lane, 57, of Palmerston North.

"I've been around for quite awhile and that'd be by far the biggest one I've felt." Lane said his dog was running in circles, his pictures were knocked askew and he felt his house buckle during the quake. He and his partner were almost knocked off his feet, he said.

Hundred of shoppers in Lower Hutt's Queensgate Mall were evacuated following the quake, which left people screaming and ducking for cover as items fell from shelves.

A giant eagle suspended from the ceiling at Wellington Airport came down during the tremor. Nobody was hurt in the incident, an airport spokesman said. The area was cordoned off.

"It's just resting there, it's all completely intact."

Further details would be released soon, she said.

 

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