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'Strong' 5.3 magnitude earthquake centred near Gisborne felt widely across the North Island

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has rattled parts of the North Island today.

Felt it reports from earthquake near Gisborne on December 10 Source: Geonet

GeoNet says the quake that they classify as "strong" was centred 25km south of Gisborne at a depth of 28km.

More than 1800 people indicated on the GeoNet site that they had felt the shake, mainly in the Bay of Plenty area.

However people as far north as Northland and as far south as Dunedin say they felt the quake.

Gisborne Civil Defence Manager Wiremu Tamati told 1 NEWS there isn’t any immediate damage that they are aware of but they are monitoring the situation.

Mr Tamati felt the quake in the council building in the city centre which he described as a 45 second long “beauty”. The quake started with a sharp jolt followed by a small rolling before it ended with another big jolt.

He says the Gisborne District Council principal scientist doesn’t believe there would be any tsunami generated by the quake, however they are still monitoring the situation.