A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand on Monday, said the US Geological Survey.
It was felt in Wellington and other parts of the country.
The quake hit near Masterson, Palmerston, and Levin. It had a depth of 17 miles.
There were reports of power outages, according to preliminary accounts.
The quake also struck about 10 miles east of Eketahuna, local NZ officials said.
On Twitter, people reacted to the temblor.
“Massive earthquake in nz, it was scary,” one tweeted.
“That’s the scariest earthquake I’ve been in, in my whole life,” wrote another.
Added another, “No matter how many times I experience an earthquake, it will not get any more enjoyable. Eeeeek #eqnz.”