Earthquake felt in Nelson

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An earthquake has been felt throughout the upper South Island this afternoon.

The magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale quake was centred 40 kilometres south east of St Arnard at a depth of 63 km, according to Geonet.

The earthquake was felt throughout Nelson and Tasman and struck at 1.38pm.

Nigel Calder of St Arnard Holiday Cottages says the quake was definitely felt but there was no damage. “We did have a bit of a rumble but it only lasted a few seconds. It made a bit of noise.”

Giles Panting, principal of Lake Rotoiti School, says it wasn’t an issue for them as all the children were out playing at lunchtime.

“We had a bit more noise in the staffroom, although it as over very quickly. It was nowhere near as violent or sustained as the one we had about a year ago.”

In April last year the same area was hit by a 6.2 quake at 52 km deep.