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Girl's quake terror caught on camera

10:32 Tue Jan 21 2014

A young girl filming an adorable tutorial on "one-minute hairstyles" accidentally captured her moment of terror when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the country yesterday.

Cameryn Cowley, 10, was innocently recording her hairstyle tips in the bedroom of her family's Kapiti home when the quake hit at Castlepoint, 160km northeast of Wellington, at 3.52pm.

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In the video uploaded online, Cameryn is halfway through explaining "a simple braid" when her face freezes and her eyes bulge.

In a few short seconds the camera captures the look of horror on little girl's face as she realises what's happening.

She glances around her room before jumping up and running out of her bedroom yelling "earthquake".

The room is soon shaking even harder and people outside the girl's room can be heard screaming as the severe quake rattles the entire house.

"I was filming the video in my room and then it just started shaking everywhere," Cameryn told The New Zealand Herald.

"I ran out of the room. I knew it was an earthquake, so I ran out to warn my sister and her friends. I was like, 'get outside' and mum was like 'no, get under the table'.

"It was scary. My sister was crying a lot and screaming."

A series of 319 aftershocks have rattled the country's lower North Island overnight following yesterday's significant quake, which felled chimneys and tore up roads.

There have been no reports of major damage or any injuries but many homes and businesses were left with the frustration of cleaning up shelves that toppled during the earthquake.

Video source: Danovan Cowley, YouTube