An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale hit Gisborne early today.

GNS Science said the 4.04am quake was centred within 5km of Te Araroa, at a depth of 60km.

It was likely to have been felt throughout the Gisborne region.

Wellington was shaken by a similar sized earthquake last night.

The magnitude 4.8 trembler at 6.02pm was centred 20km northwest of the capital.

- NZPA