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Tracks checked following quake

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/04/2016

A train service from Wellington to the Wairarapa has been replaced by a bus following the 5.2-magnitude earthquake which rattled the lower North Island.

KiwiRail engineers will be checking the line between the capital and Masterton on Tuesday morning after the tremor shook the region.

The 8.25am service to Masterton was replaced by a bus, Tranz Metro says.

Buildings rocked in Wellington when the "strong" quake struck 15km west of Masterton at a depth of 24km at 7.41am on Tuesday.

The quake caused noticeable shaking in Wellington, with more than 2800 people reporting feeling it on the GeoNet website.

A number also reported feeling it around New Plymouth.

The bulk of people, including those in the Wairarapa, described it as a light quake.

It was followed by three aftershocks, between 3.1 and 3.4, at a similar spot and depth.

The Fire Service says it has not received any reports of damage.

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