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.