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Earthquake jolts Hawke's Bay

Published: 2:20PM Monday March 31, 2014 Source: ONE News

Hawke's Bay has been hit by a series of aftershocks following a 5.2 magnitude earthquake this afternoon.

The initial quake struck 25 km north-east of Porangahau at 2.01pm. It was at a depth of 40km and was of moderate intensity according to GeoNet. The agency initially ranked the quake as strong.

More than 2000 people from Northland to Palmerston, north of Dunedin, have reported feeling the quake.

There have been at least 12 aftershocks since with the largest being a 4.6 magnitude at a focal depth of 13 km.

Waipukurau police say there have been no reports of damage.

Mandie Dax Christensen of Ormondville near Dannevirke posted on the ONE News Facebook page that the "first stage felt like the biggest loco ever to hit our house.

"I bolted from the lounge into the kitchen, garage under the lounge lol. Feeling a little rattled..."

Nicki Vallance posted: "We had stuff fall of the walls in Waipukuraru."

"The house has been rocking on and off all afternoon. I am in Taradale, Napier," Tracey Harris wrote.

Do you have any photos or video of damage from the quake? Send them to us at news@tvnz.co.nz