The quake struck at 11.47pm last night at a depth of 5.6km, 20km south-west of Taupo.
One visitor to the area told DTNZ the shaking was ‘massive’.
Dozens of aftershooks have taken place since centred with epicentres throughout the central North Island. 5,000 people reported feeling the quake to GeoNet.
Taupō had a strong shake with several aftershocks this evening – a shallow M5.3 was felt widely by 5000+ people at 11:47 PM. Earthquakes are common for this area at VAL1. Remember, if you’re in bed when an earthquake occurs, Stay, Cover and Hold. https://t.co/Xo2KIeIBLf #eqnz pic.twitter.com/UO1vez6Et1
— GeoNet (@geonet) November 30, 2022
Taupō Volcano's seismicity has sharply increased overnight with a strong M5.6 earthquake within the volcano's caldera @ 11:47pm NZT, 30 Nov
There has been over 150 quakes in the last 12 hrs. Since April’s unrest started, 1000+ earthquakes have been recorded. Status Alert level 1 pic.twitter.com/S11mVHYiqp
— Hauraki Gulf Weather (@GulfHauraki) November 30, 2022
If Taupo blows we are all screwed…
— Malakai™️ (@saltyreigns) November 30, 2022
when a super volcano that had the largest eruption on earth in the past 5,000 years decides to have a little midnight boogie. please go back to sleep taupō ):
— ~ (@baby_yarita) November 30, 2022
— Dutchsinse (@RealDutchsinse) November 30, 2022