A magnitude 6.2 earthquake was felt throughout the lower North Island this afternoon. No injuries were reported, but at Wellington Airport the giant eagle installed by Weta Workshop fell from the ceiling.
Flights from the airport have not been affected.
Trans Metro has suspended all Wellington train services because of the quake. The services are being replaced by buses. But the bus services are facing delays because of holiday traffic.
Tweeting from her home, Annette King reported: the house rattled and rocked – strongest felt in Hataitai in recent times.
From today’s race meeting, Grant Robertson reported: The old stand at Trentham fair rattled through that.
The earthquake was centred 10 kilometres north of Castlepoint, at a depth of between 50 and 60 kilometres.
The Transport Agency says it has assessed bridges and they are all safe. But there are reports of rock falls and slips in the Manawatu Gorge. The NZ Herald reports that the Gorge road is down to one lane, and the road between Pahiatua and Palmerston North is closed.
This was the damage in a kitchen in Masterton.
The occupant of a house in Greytown reported broken mirrors and photoframes.
Power was cut to more than 5500 Manawatu homes.
The DomPost reported that a 19-year-old was sitting under the giant eagle at Wellington Airport when it came down during the shake. “It started shaking heaps and rattling, we jumped under the table,” she said. The wing of the giant eagle fell on top of the table and knocked it over, giving her a blow on the head. “But it didn’t hurt or anything like that.”