A M5.4 earthquake occurred at 11:45pm on Saturday the 25th of January and was felt by over 26,500 people from Christchurch up to Auckland according to Geonet New Zealand.
The earthquake was the second event recorded off the West Coast of the North Island this evening, the first a M4.7 earthquake of 50km depth, occurred at 7:27pm and was felt by more than 3700 people. Before this M5.4 earthquake, also a shallow depth event, at 64km.
This event was too small to cause a tsunami threat to New Zealand. Earthquakes in this region are fairly common with mechanisms likely associated with subduction tectonics.
This event is also now a record holder with the most felt reports Geonet New Zealand have ever received for an earthquake. The previous record holder was the M7.8 Kaikoura earthquake with 15,840 felt reports.
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