More than a million New Zealanders dropped to the ground this morning and searched for the closest table.
Civil Defence public information manager Vince Cholewa said early indications showed the nationwide ShakeOut drill had been a success, with more than 1.3 million people participating at 9.26am this morning.
Just minutes before the drill started a small, magnitude-2.8 quake hit 25km south of Whanganui.
At the New Plymouth District Council chief executive Barbara McKerrow and Mayor Harry Duynhoven were found under their desks.
Mr Duynhoven said it was important that the people of Taranaki got involved and thought about what they would do in an actual emergency.
"It's like the old scouts motto 'be prepared'," he said.
Mr Duynhoven said 28,404 people took part in Taranaki, what he believed was the best percentage of population figure in the country.
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