Quakes rattle White Island

22:41, Aug 27 2014
White Island
RUMBLING: White Island is in a constant state of activity, GNS says.

A run of small earthquakes has been rattling New Zealand's White Island.

Geonet data shows five quakes between about 9.26am and 10.18am, none more than 5km from the island. They ranged in strength from magnitude-2.4 to 3.3 and ranged in depth from 4km to 7km.

"It's quite common having these small earthquakes going off at White Island," GNS Science seismology scientist John Ristau said.

"It's nothing really special."

White Island's volcanic alert level is 1, indicating minor volcanic unrest, while its aviation colour code is green, meaning the volcano is in a normal, non-eruptive state.

"White Island's always doing a little bit of something," Ristau said.

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