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Severe quake rattles Bay residents
Bay of Plenty residents have reported being woken by the 7.1 earthquake that struck 130km north-east of Te Araroa at a depth of 55km at 4.37am.
A Welcome Bay resident says it felt like a gentle rocking.
Matt Cowley posted this pic on his twitter feed this morning saying: "the irony in front of the tsunami evac sign. Waves could be over 1m. Don’t do this". The video here show calm seas at The Mount this morning. Video by Rosalie Crawford.
“It rattled the ornaments and went on for about 15-20 seconds. It was a gentle rocking and light shake. The lights were swinging.
“It woke both my wife and I. My wife has an earthquake app on her phone and there were several aftershocks, one was a 4.5 following the first major quake.”
A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says they felt the earthquake in Edgecumbe.
“It was about a 20 second rumble.”
A Katikati couple were also woken by the earthquake this morning.
"My husband and I were woken at 4.45am by a significant earthquake in Katikati. We live by the Medical Centre in Clive road & own a solid villa.
"The house shook from side to side for a while & then all the doors & windows rattled for even longer. There was no noise associated with it though."
Other people have reported feeling the quake as Northland and Wellington, and the top of the South Island.
Waves as high as 30cm have already hit the East Cape, with high tide just befor 7am.
High tide is expected in Tauranga around 7.30am.
“The first tsunami activity has arrived. Tsunami waves are expected to be observed for a couple of hours duration, based on current numerical simulations. Waves are anticipated to be between 0.2-1m,” says The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management.
People in the above/ coastal areas should:
1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities)
2. Stay off beaches and shore areas
3. Do not go sightseeing
4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends
5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates
6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities
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