An earthquake, with a magnitude of up to 6.9, has struck New Zealand.
The tremor, which lasted for around a minute, sent office workers running for cover.
Trains were brought to a halt in Wellington and some damage was reported at the parliament building.
The epicentre was in the Cook Strait – around 60 kilometres south of the capital.
“I was underneath the bar with all the wine bottles and stuff on top. So, I quickly ran out and just went to the front door and opened it up,” said one woman in Wellington.
A man added that the quake started off slowly and then it was “big.”
There were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries following the latest tremor.Unlike in February 2011, when a quake of – centred near Christchurch – brought down buildings and killed 185 people.