A 4.1 earthquake has struck near Wellington.

GeoNet recorded the quake 30 km south-west of the capital at a depth of 50km.

Geonet seismologist Bill Fry said the earthquake was centred in the middle of Cook Strait with a depth of 35km.

"I would consider it to be an intermediate depth," he said.

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He said he didn't think there would be much damage with an earthquake of this size.No large after-shocks were recorded by Geonet.

Twitter was quick to react to the shake.