A "blimmin' strong" earthquake has shaken Christchurch this morning.

Geonet reports the 4.3 magnitude quake was centred 10km south west of the city - at a depth of 5km, which was revised from an initial reported depth of 14km.

Almost 9000 people reported feeling the quake - with more than 80 saying it was strong.

People reported feeling the shake in Pegasus Bay, Lincoln and Templeton.

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Melanie Stevenson, of Templeton, said it was "blimmin' strong".

While Elsie Wood said: "Definitely heard it coming. Knew what it was and then had a couple of seconds to think: 'How big is this gonna be'? Thankfully not too bad."

Charlotte Mooney wrote on Twitter: "So preoccupied with the pandemic - forgot we have earthquakes.

"Shaky start to the working day here in Christchurch."

Nigel Young said he also felt the "rumbles", while Karen Healey dubbed it "a Christchurch wobble."