An earthquake has rattled the lower North Island.
Geonet says the shake, which struck 30 kilometres south-west of the King Country town of Taumarunui at 10.58am on Friday, during the Government’s announcement on how it would manage Covid-19 in the future, measured magnitude 5.9.
It hit at a depth of 210km. Initially, it was reported at magnitude 5.4, but was later upgraded.
More than 25,000 people across the country reported feeling the quake.