Aftershocks have been felt in New Zealand following and earthquake near the capital Wellington.
Aftershocks have been felt in New Zealand after the area around the capital, Wellington, was rocked by a strong earthquake.
Residents have been left rattled following the 6.
3 magnitude quake as authorities assess the damage this morning.
It was more excitement than they're used to at the Palmerston North Greyhounds.
RACE CALLER: Bit of an earthquake going on here, a very big earthquake in fact.
The track was rattled but the dogs weren't, they kept running.
Unfortunately, the monitor's fallen on me but I've managed to pick it up.
The quake struck the lower half of New Zealand's North Island around 4:00 local time.
MAN: This is quite scary, actually.
Some workers ducked for cover but a public holiday meant most people were at home.
(SCREAMS) At Wellington Airport, an eagle landed, amazingly, away from passengers.
There was all these people under it and they were all running and screaming, it was really scary.
And everyone was running from under the other one as well because they thought that was going to fall.
The region escaped without major damage - just one serious mess.
Residents took to social media to share the aftermath.
We heard like this massive crack and everyone's, like, "What's going on?
It went on for quite a while as well so that were the worst part - waiting for it to end.
Aftershocks continue to shake the North Island, further unnerving New Zealanders who, in the wake of the deadly Christchurch quake, live in fear of 'the big one.