5.5 magnitude quake hits near Tauranga

The earthquake hit 30km east of Tauranga. Image: GeoNet.

Thousands of people are reporting to have felt an earthquake rattle the Bay of Plenty.

GeoNet is reporting that at 10.47pm, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit 30km east of Tauranga.

While the shaking is being described at light, GeoNet describes the quality of the earthquake as "best".

It also had a focal depth of 257km.

According to GeoNet's Felt Report Summary, 11282 are reported to have felt it throughout the North Island.

Did you feel the quake?

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