Two quakes shake Taranaki

18:32, Dec 31 2012

It has been a shaky start to the New Year for Taranaki after two earthquakes rocked the region early today.

GeoNet says the first quake of magnitude five hit at 3.11am. It was centred 30 kilometres north-west of Opunake at a depth of five kilometres.

The second came at 3.42am with a magnitude 4.3. It was centred 25 kilometres north west of Opunake at a depth of six kilometres.

On their twitter page the Taranaki Civil Defence said there was no tsunami warning.

"If there are aftershocks, remember to Drop, Cover, Hold," they tweeted.

"Well, that was a short, sharp welcome to the New Year! No reports of damage so far," they said.

People throughout Taranaki reported being woken up by the quakes and turned to twitter to share their account.

"All three earthquakes managed to wake me up when alarm clocks won't, can't sleep now due to fear of fourth," Sean Kelly said on twitter.

"Was about to go to bed and I heard the first one come. It shook the house from side to side and lasted about 30 seconds," William Johnston said.

In July 2012 a magnitude 7.0 quake centred 230km deep and 60km south of Opunake, was the largest to strike the Taranaki Bight area for 100-120 years.