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A magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled Central Hawke's Bay yesterday.

Located 5km south of Waipukurau, Geonet said the quake had a depth of 9km with moderate shaking, and struck at 10.15am.

The Geonet website has recorded more than 110 felt reports, the majority from CHB, but also from as far away as Palmerston North, Wellington and Taupo.

On the Central FM Facebook page, comments included people who said the quake made them jump, to one who said it shifted them sideways.

Two Waipukurau retailers said it felt like someone had driven into their buildings.

There have been no reports of any damage as a result of the shaking.

There were two earthquakes earlier in the morning in CHB.

Both were within 5km of Porangahau, with the first at 8.49am measuring 2.2, and the second just over half an hour later, also measuring 2.2.


The regions two National Party MP's have paid tribute to outgoing leader, Bill English.

Mr English announced yesterday he was standing down as leader and retiring from Parliament after a 27 year political career.

Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott said it had been a privilege to work with Mr English, and he has valued and learned from his leadership and guidance.

He said National, under Bill English, shaped a strong economy for all New Zealanders, providing more job opportunities that attracted thousands of New Zealanders to return home.

Tukituki MP Lawrence Yule said he has huge respect and admiration for Bill English as a great New Zealander, parent, husband and politician.


A severe weather watch is in place for the region today.

The Metservice says in the 11 hour period from 9am, we can expect a period of heavy rain through to this evening, with isolated thunderstorms and possible downpours.

Forecasters say the most rain is expected in inland areas.

Rainfall accumulations may also reach warning criteria for short periods of duration, especially about the ranges.

Meanwhile the Metservice is advising people to check the Civil Defence "Get Ready to Get Thru" website for advice on preparing for and keeping safe during a storm.

The advice came after a severe thunderstorm watch was issued last night for Hawke's Bay and Tararua, which forecast torrential rain of 25 to 40mm or more per hour.

The watch was lifted just after 8.30 last night.