'Strong' quake rattles central NZ

01:55, Dec 06 2013

A "strong" earthquake of magnitude 4.7 quake has hit the lower North Island and upper South, rattling buildings in downtown Wellington.

The quake was centred 10 kilometres south of Seddon in the upper South Island and was 22km deep, GeoNet reports.

A GeoNet representative said there had been a few "felt" reports from Wellington but none yet from Seddon.

GeoNet ranked the quake, at 1.45pm, as "strong". The quake would have been enough to shake items off shelves closer to its epicentre.

It was followed a few minutes later by a 2.9 quake in the same area.

Sally Newcome tweeted "The Christmas Tree was doing a dance that's for sure!! "