Strong earthquake west of Wellington, New Zealand

More than 31000 civilians reported feeling the earthquake on GeoNet in less than 15 minutes.

The earthquake was centered at a relatively shallow depth of 57.4 kilometers, according to early data.

The 76km-deep earthquake occurred at 7:38 p.m. It had a centre 50 kilometres to the northwest of Paraparaumu.

No damage has been reported as of yet, and no tsunami warning has been given.

However, locals claimed to have felt the ground tremble for 10 to 20 seconds, comparing it to a line of enormous trucks passing by.

The deadly cyclone's aftermath was being cleaned up when an earthquake struck, causing extensive devastation throughout the North Island.