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Thousands feel 5.1 quake near Cook Strait

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/09/2016

A magnitude-5.1 undersea earthquake north of the Marlborough Sounds has been felt and reported by thousands of people.

The quake struck 50km north of French Pass at a depth of 95km just after 10am on Saturday.

Geonet says its intensity was light, but 3800 people, many around Nelson, Blenheim, Wellington and Taranaki, logged on to its website to say they had felt it.

More than a dozen said they felt it as either a severe or strong quake, but most said it was light or weak.

The Fire Service said there had been no reports of damage.

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