A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck 70km north-east of Collingwood and has been felt widely throughout central New Zealand.
GeoNet reports the quake was at a depth of 190km. Collingwood is at the top of the South Island, near Farewell Spit.
M5.5 quake causing light shaking near Collingwood https://t.co/s1s89nnSJ6
— GeoNet (@geonet) November 7, 2021
More than 11,000 people have reported feeling it on the GeoNet website. Most reports were from people living at the top of the South Island and bottom of the North Island, but some reported feeling it in Auckland and as far north as Northland.
Many people have taken to social media, saying they felt the quake, and some said they received an alert about the earthquake before they felt it.
Alert first then the earthquake rolled in pic.twitter.com/sqNULgFiJ2
— Sarah Nicole Greig (@flyingeagle2223) November 7, 2021
just got one of the new @Android earthquake warnings a good few seconds before the shaking started… wow
— MrConorAE (@MrConorAE) November 7, 2021
Well that was nice, my phone telling me of an earthquake RIGHT BEFORE I see the shake. Good thing it was only a 5.4 so nothing of note really.
— Solufien (@solufien) November 7, 2021
Hope everyone is ok after that Sunday afternoon wobble. Don’t forget to Drop Cover and Hold https://t.co/TFwS506VpV
— National Emergency Management Agency (@NZcivildefence) November 7, 2021