Source: Earthquake Commission – EQC – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Trio of quakes shake New Zealand

A trio of earthquakes have shaken parts of New Zealand this morning.

A magnitude 4.8 quake struck 105 kilometres north of White Island in the Bay of Plenty, at a depth of 30km just after 8.30am, GeoNet said.

GeoNet It described the quake’s intensity as “moderate” and 30 minutes after the jolt 20 people reported to GeoNet’s website that they had felt it.

It followed a 4.7 quake at almost exactly the same spot on Monday.

Earlier this morning, two quakes struck the South Island.

At 1.29am, there was a 4.8 earthquake 75 km west of Te Anau, Fiordland, at a depth of 14km. Fourteen people said they felt that one.

Then at 1.40am, a 4.6 earthquake was detected 45km east of St Arnaud, in the Tasman District, at a depth of 24km. More than 100 people said they felt this quake, with the majority in Nelson/Marlborough.

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