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Quake near Paraparaumu


Quake near Paraparaumu

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake shortly before midnight on Saturday rattled households in central New Zealand.

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The shaking was widely felt over the central and southern North Island, and top of the South Island.

Within 35 minutes, more than 28,000 people recorded feeling it – on the Geonet website.

The quake was initially reported by Geonet as 100 kilometres deep and centred 45 kilometres north-west of Paraparaumu, at a quarter to midnight.

The depth was later revised to 64 kilometres, and the centre listed as 50 kilometres northwest of Paraparaumu, the same site as a 4.7 magnitude quake earlier in the evening.

The earlier one was 57 kilometres deep, at 27 minutes past 7.

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