Earthquakes have been felt around New Zealand during the weekend including a magnitude 5.2 tremor in Taranaki and one measuring 4.7 in Canterbury.

The Taranaki quake was centred 25 kilometres west of Waverley at a depth of 138km. It was recorded at 1.45pm, local time on Sunday.

GeoNet received 2239 reports from people who felt the quake throughout the country from Southland to the Bay of Islands.

The Fire Service and Civil Defence said there were no reports of damage.

More than 3000 Christchurch residents reported feeling a magnitude 4.6 earthquake on Saturday night.

It struck at 9.15pm, 20km west of the city at a shallow depth of 10km.

There were no reports of damage.

People took to social media to report their experiences, 3357 of them saying they felt the temblor on the GeoNet website.

The quake was part of a sequence the city had experienced, Mark Chadwick, the duty seismologist at GeoNet told AAP on Sunday.

He said the quake was the biggest in Christchurch this year and the aftershocks would be smaller.

"The aftershocks create aftershocks," he said.

It was followed by a quake measuring 3.6, 15km east of Methven, a township on the Canterbury plains 90km west of Christchurch, at 7.09am on Sunday. This was probably an aftershock of the original 2010 quake, Mr Chadwick said.

On September 4, 2010, at 4.35am, a quake of magnitude 7.1 struck Christchurch. It has since been followed by major earthquake events on Boxing Day 2010, February 22, 2011 and June 13, 2011.

A deep 4.7 quake also woke residents on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington about 5am on Saturday but there were no reports of damage.

A series of light earthquakes measuring from 3.4 to 3.6 shook Tolaga Bay on the East Cape on Sunday.

 

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