A sequence of earthquakes around the East Cape is not unusual but worth keeping an eye on, a scientist says.
Since Saturday morning, GeoNet has recorded about 16 quakes in the area considered strong enough to be felt.
The strongest was a magnitude-4.7 shake about 1.45am today at a depth of 30km and centred under the sea 60km east of Tolaga Bay.
GeoNet received 16 reports of that quake being felt with a light intensity.
GNS Science duty seismologist Mark Chadwick said the area was an active part of the country where there were "quite a lot" of earthquakes.
It appeared a small sequence of quakes had been under way, which was not that unusual, he said.
"It's the sort of thing we keep an eye on."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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