A 4.6 magnitude earthquake has struck north of Pongaroa.

The shake, which struck at 9.09am, was described as moderate by Geonet.

It hit at a depth of 29km, and was centred 20 kilometres north-east of Pongaroa, in the lower North Island.

Nearly 900 people have registered as feeling the quake, from as far south as Wellington, to Napier and Waiouru in the north.

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On Twitter, people are posting that they felt the earthquake in Palmerston North, Feilding, and Manawatu.