'Like a hard jolt': 4.1 magnitude earthquake strikes New Zealand

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake has struck just below New Zealand’s North Island.

The quake happened at about 3.30am (local time) 20km south of Wellington, GeoNet said.

Residents took to social media in the middle of the night to share their reaction to the tremor.

The quake struck 20km from Wellington. Source: GeoNet

“Holy s***, thought the windows were about to implode then,” one person wrote.

While GeoNet initially recorded the quake at 3.2 and described it as weak, one resident said it was more like a “hard jolt”.

Over 1000 people in the lower part of North Island reported feeling the quake.

It was also felt by some on the South Island in and around Blenheim.

It is unclear if any structural damage or injuries have occurred.

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