A nationwide earthquake drill rumbled into town today and those involved weathered the fake-shake well.

Around 1.5 million keen participants registered to take part in the event, to drop cover and hold at 9.15am this morning.

An Auckland City Council spokesperson said the earthquake drill went smoothly in the Council building.

"Everyone took part and there was really good participation," she said.


Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management director Sarah Stuart-Black said organisers wanted people to take the opportunity to think about what they and their family need to do to prepare for a shake.

New Zealand experienced earthquakes frequently enough and needed to know what to do when it happened, Ms Stuart-Black said.

The campaign is running for two weeks and people who were unable to participate this morning were advised to practise the drill in their own time during this period.

Eric Rush takes shelter under a table with Civil Defence dog Marzouk. Photo / Supplied
Eric Rush takes shelter under a table with Civil Defence dog Marzouk. Photo / Supplied

Hilary Barry streamed the event, posting a video to Facebook showing her ducking under her desk during the drill.

Drop, cover, hold! Time for the national earthquake drill

Posted by Hilary Barry on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Former All Black and Rugby Sevens captain Eric Rush is more used to dodging rampaging wingers than tumbling groceries - but that wasn't stopping him taking part.

New Zealand Transport Agency media manager Sarah Azam said drivers were expected to continue to follow the road rules during the drill.

She hoped drivers knew the difference between a drill and an actual earthquake.

"During a real earthquake the circumstances could be varied and unexpected."

There were around 435,201 Aucklanders registered to participate in the drill.