The earthquake was recorded at 00:28 UTC (03:28 Moscow time).
It is noted that the epicenter of tremors was located 586 km northeast of the city of Fangarei, where about 51 thousand people live.
The hearth lay at a depth of 133 km.
Information about possible injuries and destruction has not been received at the moment.
In November, seismologists recorded an earthquake of magnitude 5.8 off the coast of the North Island of New Zealand.