New Zealand has been hit by a series of strong and severe quakes, the largest is a 7.5 magnitide in South Auckland.
The quake set of a series of aftershocks around the country, the largest of which was felt in Wellington on the south end of the North Island.
Hundreds of people around the country have been jolted awake and taken to social media to document damage.
Civil Defence is advising all people in coastal areas of the country to move inland to higher ground after a severe magnitude 7.5 earthquake which struck in the South Island.
The Ministry of Civil Defence is warning all residents living on the coast of the South Island, North Island and the Chatham Islands to move inland or to higher ground as soon as possible.
“The first wave activity may not be the most significant. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled.”
It was felt aross the country, with a series of strong aftershocks also felt since the main quake.
It was felt as far away as Auckland and thousands of Geonet Felt Reports have streamed in.