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Magnitude 5.1 earthquake causes strong shaking in Bay of Plenty

The east side of New Zealand was rocked by a strong earthquake early this morning.

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The quake struck 10 kilometres southwest of Te Kaha just before 5.30am. Source: 1 NEWS

The quake, 10 kilometres south-west of Te Kaha in Bay of Plenty, was a magnitude of 5.1, according to GeoNet.

The 5.29am rumble was a depth of 28 km.

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Lyn Riesterer says she thought the shake was an even stronger magnitude than 5.1 this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

As of 5.50am, it was reportedly felt by nearly 1000 people, of which one person said it was extreme, another said it was severe and 32 recorded it as a strong shake.

So far, there have been no reports of damage.