24 Feb 2017

Quakes hit South Island overnight

6:23 am on 24 February 2017

Two earthquakes hit the South Island overnight.

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A shallow 4.9 quake hit near Arthurs Pass overnight. Photo: GeoNet

A 4.9 magnitude quake struck at 2.35am.

The quake, rated 'severe' by Geonet, was centred 25km south-east of Arthurs Pass and was relatively shallow at 8km.

About an hour later, a 4.3 magnitude shake struck 15km east of Seddon.

The second quake was at a depth of 15km.