An earthquake rattled Hawke's Bay residents earlier this evening at 8pm.

Geonet initially reported it was a 4.5 magnitude, which has been downgraded to a 4.3. The quakes intensity was also changed from light to moderate.

It struck at a depth of 31km and 15km east of Waipukurau in Central Hawke's Bay.

The service reported earlier this evening it struck at a depth of 55km, 20km east of Waipukurau.