'Noisy' 4.2 earthquake near Christchurch rocks the Canterbury region
A "noisy" magnitude 4.2 earthquake rocked Christchurch and surrounding areas late on Saturday night, shaking Cantabrians from their beds.
The moderate quake hit at 10.38pm, 15km west of the city, at a depth of 9km.
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More than 6000 people reported feeling the quake around the Canterbury region.
On GeoNet's Facebook page, many said it felt stronger than 4.2 magnitude, describing it as loud and "noisy".
"I was lying in bed when I felt a loud thud on the wall, then another thud and everything began shaking for a few seconds, my bed was shaking too, long slow shakes but noticeable nonetheless," Ben Aulakh, from Hoon Hay, said.
"It's a bit freaky when you're in bed and it's dark."
Steve Gee, from Flockton Basin, said the "typical 'jelly wobble' was enough to scare the bejesus out of the cat".
In Shirley, Marissa Kelly said the quake was "very sharp" but didn't last long, though the jolt was sufficient to worry her that the power might go out.
However, others missed the quake entirely.
"Was sitting in the room when 2 people felt it but the rest didn't, me included. I thought the 2 people [were] just imagining things until I got the geonet notification," Lindy Ann Schoeman wrote.
Chelsea McPherson, who lives in western Christchurch, said the quake knocked bottles off her dresser as it rocked side to side, and startled her dog, yet her kids slept through it.
"Got me out of bed, that's for sure!"