A nice sunrise pic by Karl Webber from Motongarara Island. He says the flare like apparition in the middle is sunlight reflecting off some smoke back in the lower hills.

According to authorities a 6.3 magnitude eathquake hit out behind Kapiti at 7.38pm NZDT. Chief political reporter Aaron Dahmen from Newstalk ZB was caught up in the chaos and said his whole house in Wellington shook aggressively after he felt a ‘big bump’. David Haxton of Kapiti News who lives in Raumati Beach said “It was like a freight train hurtling past our house.”

However, there have been no reports of damage. A spokesperson from Fire and Emergency New Zealand reported no incidents related to the quake.