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Earthquake hits Taranaki

An earthquake in Opunake reached 4.8 on the Richter scale this morning.

The quake was centred 20 kilometres north of Opunake and according to GeoNet was only 18 kilometres deep. It was felt as far north as Hamilton and as far south as Nelson.

Shortly after the first quake a 2.6 magnitude aftershock hit the region.

Hawera resident Stella Tippett 89, felt the quake but wasn’t worried, “I felt the earth start to shake so I sat down, I’ve been through worse than that.”

Just last week was the Shake Out earthquake reaction exercise drill.

There were no reports of any damage and the emergency services didn’t receive any calls for help.

A GeoNet map showing where the quake hit. Photo: GeoNet.
A GeoNet map showing where the quake hit. Photo: GeoNet.

Laura Barker
Laura is following her dreams to become a journalist. Currently studying at the New Zealand Radio Training School she also has a BA in Anthropology. She aspires to become a snow reporter and to finish watching every episode of Gilmore Girls.
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