A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s Dunedin overnight. GNS Science said it was the strongest for the area in 41 years.
The tremor hit at 11:17 p.m. Its center was registered 30 kilometers west of the city, at a shallow depth of about 7 kilometers.
Nearly 5,000 people reported feeling the quake. It was even felt from far away Invercargill and Canterbury.
Despite being categorized as strong by GeoNet, the quake brought no damage.
People posted on the ONE News Facebook page their experiences to the quake.
“It felt like the house was picked up and shoved a few times,” Shonny Clyesdale said.
Lynda Baskett said the shaking was so violent even if it was only for a short time. “But was enough to leave me shaking for hours afterwards.”
Dave Cannan, a columnist for Otago Daily Times, said the tremor seemed to go on forever. “I started to wonder if it was going to stop. Fairly scary, I have to say.”
Megan Direen, a resident from Mosgiel, said she experienced short sharp violent shaking. “It sounded like a freight train smashing through the house.”
The last major earthquake that significantly affected Dunedin was on April 9, 1974. The 5-magnitude tremor dislodged grocery stock and damaged some chimneys in the area, Otago Daily Times states.
Dunedin experienced a 4.1-magnitude earthquake in October 2014. Its center was almost in the same place as last night’s shake, according to Otago Daily Times.