Strong earthquake hits near Gisborne

Image: GeoNet.

GeoNet is reporting a strong earthquake in the North Island this afternoon.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 has been recorded just before 1pm.

According to GeoNet, it hit 28km south of Gisborne and had a focal depth of 28km.

The organisation is described the shaking as "strong".

GeoNet says the quake is "unrelated" to the eruption at White Island.

Within the first 10 minutes, 1700 people had reported feeling the earthquake on GeoNet's interactive Felt Report.

Stuff reports 197 people, mostly in and around Gisborne, marked the quake as 'Strong' and 7 as 'Severe'. 

Most reports from Whakatane were 'Moderate' or 'Light'. 

Did you feel the quake?

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