Schoolchildren in New Zealand were forced to scramble underneath their desks as a magnitude 6.1 quake struck the country's North Island.
During a session of the parliament, lawmakers had to stop deliberations and seek immediate refuge as a security precaution when the quake was felt. It was at a depth of 227 kilometers (141 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
New Zealand's official GeoNet seismic monitoring service said a 6.2 quake struck at a depth of 207 kilometres in the central North Island about 340 kilometres northeast of Wellington.
She urged Kiwis to "check on those around you".
No damage had been reported, a civil defence spokeswoman said.
There were no immediate reports of damage in the nearby coastal town of New Plymouth.
"I think some people might be a little nervy and that´s understandable but it's just a case of following those safety messages and being prepared", he said.
Beyond that, reports of where (and where not) it was felt vary very widely with some close-by locations not noticing it - a local government councillor just a few tens of kilometres away reported feeling nothing, yet there were strong reports from Christchurch around 500km away.
New Zealand is a country that is located in-line with the notorious "ring of fire", along an underground fault line zone known for consistent quakes and tremors.