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Strong quake rocks Wellington and North Island

Last updated 16:18 20/01/2014

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A magnitude-6.3 earthquake has rocked Wellington and the lower North Island.

The quake struck just before 4pm and was centred 5 kilometres north of Castlepoint on the Wairarapa coast at a depth of 90km. A police central communications spokesman said no major damage was reported in Wellington. 

The quake was felt across the Waikato, with reports of moving light fittings, swaying buildings and shaking ground.

Posting on the Waikato Times Facebook page Simon Gray said he felt the quake in Hamilton East.: "It was like I was dizzy, then looked up and seen the light hanging from the ceiling swinging around as it did in previous tremors last year."

Nicky Garmonsway said she felt it in Otorohanga: "My fish tank was slopping all over. Poor fish."

Others reported feeling the earthquake in Morrinsville, Rototuna, Claudelands, Te Awamutu, Kawhia, Cambridge and Taupo.

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