Earthquake shakes Wellington, Kāpiti

9:25 pm on 23 March 2017

Wellington and Kāpiti have been shaken by a "moderate" earthquake.

The magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit near Paraparaumu at 8.51pm on Thursday, Geonet said.

It struck at a depth of 51km.

More than 11,000 people have reported feeling it on Geonet's website.

People took to Twitter in response.

Rowan Morrell said it was a "polite" earthquake, while Grow From Here Kaye said it caused a small "tidal wave" in the bath.