There have been four earthquakes in New Zealand over the weekend with magnitudes in excess of 4.0 – nearly a year after a 7.8 earthquake hit Kaikoura.
GeoNet reports a ‘light' earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck at a depth of 9km, 40km north-west of Te Kaha, at 8.20am on Saturday.
A stronger magnitude 4.8 earthquake also stuck near Wellington at 11.28pm on Sunday night, at a depth of 45km, 30km west of the capital.
It was widely felt, with more than 11,200 ‘felt it' reports made to GeoNet within 20 minutes.
Many on social media say the quake felt bigger than it was, noting the eerie timing, just two days before the first anniversary of the destructive November 14 Kaikoura earthquake, which also rattled Wellington.
- Additional reporting by Stuff