28 Nov 2010

Quake shakes lower North Island

10:02 pm on 28 November 2010

A moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale has been felt in the lower North Island on Sunday afternoon.

The quake was centred 10-kilometres north-west of Masterton and was 30 kilometres deep.

A dairy farmer, Graeme Stuart, who lives two-kilometres from the quake's epicentre, says he had to move quickly as the quake progressed.

He says it was proceeded by a train like roar and then a violent shake for about 10 seconds, but nothing fell.

Mr Stuart says he got into a doorway and hoped it wasn't going to be a duplicate of Christchurch.

Police in Masterton say they have not received any reports of damage after the earthquake.