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Wellington shaken by a ‘good whack’

An earthquake has shaken Wellington, with hundreds reporting tremors ranging from weak to strong intensity around the region.

 
 

AN earthquake  has shaken Wellington, with hundreds reporting tremors ranging from weak to strong intensity around the region.

The 3.7-magnitude quake hit 30km east of the city, near Lake Ferry in the Wairarapa, on Monday at 16.19 (14.19 AEST), at a depth of 20km.

GeoNet seismologist Mark Chadwick says the quake was sharp, intense and shallow which was why it was so widely felt.

“It looked like a very short, sharp jolt,” he told AAP.

“The wave forms on our seismograph look like it was very sharp.

“It was just a good whack.”

While the quake was recorded in the Wairarapa, it appeared to be most strongly felt in Wellington, Porirua and the Hutt Valley.

 
 

 
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