Wellington: Two early morning quakes 'fairly normal' - GeoNet

By Te Ao - Māori News
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GeoNet is reassuring Wellingtonians that Saturday morning's earthquakes were quite normal for the region.

Wellington was shaken by a strong magnitude 4.2 quake just before 5am today.  Centred 5km west of Upper Hutt at a depth of 29km, GeoNet said it was felt across the lower North Island and led to the agency fielding 6500 reports.

A bit over three hours later, at 8.30am, a second weaker magnitude 2.3 shake was felt further south in Hanmer Springs.  It was centred 5km north-east of the town at a depth of 3km.

One person visiting Wellington from Auckland commenting online said, "I’ve lived in Auckland for 6 years and felt zero earthquakes, been visiting Wellington for 2 days and felt two."

Meanwhile, a Wellingtonian seemed quite unfazed, posting, "Is it weird that I love earthquakes??? Or is that just a growing up in Wellington thing?"

GeoNet, tweeting a cute picture of a german shepherd dog with a paw over its eyes, offered reassurance that all was much as expected.

"With two early morning quake wake ups we thought some of you might appreciate an #EmergencyCute.

"Whilst annoying, these types of earthquakes (most likely in the subducting slab and not related to the Wellington Fault) are fairly common for the lower North Island."