Hawke's Bay fire fighters had no calls for assistance in the wake of the early morning earthquake which rattled the region although crews were put on stand-by should they be needed elsewhere.

While the earthquake caused some alarms to go off there were no reports of damage or incidents where people needed assistance.

As is usual practice the Napier service took a standard potential tsunami stance and stationed some appliances on higher ground.

Fire Service executive officers also joined Civil Defence coordinators at their headquarters in case there was a requirement for fire crews to move out and assist in other areas as required.
They were eventually stood down at 7am.


It was also a quiet night for police with no earthquake-related calls for assistance reported through the Eastern Police Region Command Centre.

Unlike in Christchurch, where some residents found their homes had been burgled while they were evacuated from them, no such incidents were reported for the Bay's red zone evacuation areas.

"Not that we are aware," a police spokesman said.