Earthquake in Wellington, New Zealand.
Earthquake in Wellington, New Zealand. Mark Mitchell

Severe 6.2 earthquake rocks Wellington

A SEVERE earthquake has shaken the Wellington region this afternoon.

After its initial report, GNS reported on its website that the quake was 6.2, and only 8km deep, 10km southeast of Seddon, near the coast in Marlborough.

GNS seismologist Bill Fry said it was not immediately clear what the exact magnitude of the shake was as data continued to come in, but it was likely to be "in the upper 6s''.

He said it was a "very strong, shallow shake'' which was widely felt.

The strongest shaking was recorded in Wellington.

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