Strong quake felt in the Waikato
A strong earthquake that rocked the Wellington region and the top of the South Island has been felt widely throughout the Waikato region.
The quake struck at 2.31pm 5 km east of Seddon at a depth of 17km.
Geonet initially said the quake measured 6.9, but have since dropped the intensity to 6.2.
Reports of the quake have been flooding in from across the Waikato region with people feeling the shake from Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Matamata and throughout Hamilton City.
Hamilton City Councillor Dave MacPherson said on twitter that he was on the 9th floor of the council building when the earthquake hit.
"It felt like being on an ocean liner in a heavy swell!," he said.
Posting on the Waikato Times' Facebook page, Waikato residents described the moment the quake hit.
Mark Haynes wrote: "Yup (felt) te awamutu! was like sitting on the ferry in high seas!"
"Yes, central city in anglesea towers building. Freaky!", Jenny Hook wrote.
Danielle Hennessy: "We felt it in Matamata felt like we were on a boat swaying".
Sylvia Simpson, of Gordonton, said she was sitting down in her couch about 2.30pm when her vertical blind starting swaying back and forwards.
"Then I looked at the ranch sliders and they were going back and forward. It was such a strange thing. I didn't even think it was an earthquake until I saw the news."
A small quake also hit 10 km south-east of Ohakune, with an intensity of 4.5 at a depth of 131 km.
Those trying to contact loved ones in Wellington are urged to use text messaging so that lines are clear if any 111 calls are needed.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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