Moderate deep earthquake near Rotorua and Taupo, New Zealand

This is an earthquake-report.com flash update on the following recent earthquake :

M 5.3 - Rotorua, Taupo area New Zealand

Strong earthquake with a deep hypocenter = harmless, although a lot of people could potentially to feel it.
As most are asleep, we predict that only few will have been awakened by the earthquake shaking.
The earthquake epicenter (not important for this kind of quake) was near highway 1 in a very active thermal area.
A similar earthquake occurred a couple of weeks ago in the same area, also without damage or injuries.
35 km (25 miles) SW of Rotorua, New Zealand and 24 km NW Taupo (pop 22,469)

Testimony from Lynn living in Napier
The earthquake near Taupo/Rotorua was widely felt in the North Island and indeed did wake people. I live in Napier and was woken with a very loud rumble, sharp jolt, creaking house, and very long rockin™ and rollin™ after.

Most important Earthquake Data
Magnitude : 5.3
Local time at epicenter : January 28, 2011 at 03:02:46 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 154 km

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  1. The earthquake near Taupo/Rotorua was widely felt in the North Island and indeed did wake people. I live in Napier and was woken with a very loud rumble, sharp jolt, creaking house, and very long rockin' and rollin' after.