6.2 quake rattles lower North Island

03:17, Jan 20 2014

A strong earthquake has rattled the lower North Island this afternoon.

GNS said the magnitude-6.2 quake hit 10 km east of Eketahuna at a depth of 10km.

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.