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New Zealand hit by magnitude 5.2 earthquake

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Staff Writer | July 22, 2018
A huge earthquake has rattled New Zealand, giving residents a sharp and short jolt.
New Zealand
Earthquake   The earthquake was felt by more than 8000 people
The earthquake was felt by more than 8000 people and hit in the centre of the country in Picton about 3.15pm on Sunday.

Those who felt the quake reported it as being a 'quite sharp and short jolt', the New Zealand Herald reported.

People took to Twitter to report they had felt the quake, which was recorded as a magnitude 5.2 on GeoNet.

New Zealand Civil Defence said the 'Sunday shake' was felt by 'both sides of the Cook Strait'.

The quake struck 20km east of Nelson at a depth of 73km, GeoNet reported.

The shaking was described as being moderate.