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A 5.1 earthquake struck this afternoon in Hawke's Bay and was felt widely in the North Island, GNS Science reported.

The quake was centred 20 km west of Porangahau, at a depth of 30km, striking at 12.33pm.

It was felt as far south as Wellington in the north, Hawera in the west and Taradale in the north.