300 quake claims so far

KIRSTY MCMURRAY
Last updated 11:57 06/07/2012

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Close to 300 claims have been lodged at the EQC after this week's big earthquake off Taranaki.

 And more are expected to flood in.

By 8am today the Earthquake Commission had recieved 277 claims.

Most of New Zealand felt the earthquake on Tuesday that struck 60km south of Opunake, 230km deep at 10.36pm and was followed by a 4.6 aftershock nine minutes later.

EQC spokesman Richard Braddell said most of the claims were of low value.

''Most of them are pretty minor, almost all are contents claims,'' he said.

By Wednesday night, 50 claims had been made to the EQC and few more were expected.

''We knew there would be some, and a few more may come in today but it should taper off about now,'' Mr Braddell said.

Mr Braddell said that sometimes after an earthquake people looked at their homes with new eyes and found old faults which they attributed to the shake.

''They have a good look and will see something that's been there for a while,'' he said.

But those claims are unlikely to be paid out after an inspection from an assessor.

''There's a variety of things they can look at to tell what's long term damage and what's from the earthquake,'' he said.

* Have you had any damage from Tuesday's quake? Let us know at editor@dailynews.co.nz

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