10 Sep 2016

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake shakes the Marlborough Sounds

11:22 am on 10 September 2016

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck north of the Marlborough Sounds, GeoNet reports.

A light earthquake has struck the Marlborough Sounds this morning.

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake has struck 50km north of the Pelorus Sound. Photo: Screenshot / GeoNet

The "light" quake was centred at sea about 50km north of French Pass in the Marlborough Sounds at a depth of 80km, GeoNet said.

A nearby resident told RNZ they felt light shaking and creaking.

And GeoNet are also reporting a series of weak magnitude-3 quakes north west of Te Araroa on the East Cape of Gisborne this morning.

The area has been experiencing continued aftershocks following a large magnitude 7.1 tremor on 2 September.

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