Quake shakes lower North Island

Last updated 12:55 26/06/2014

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A 4.9 quake this morning in the Tararua town of Eketahuna came on the same day the Earthquake Commission released figures showing the cost of a big one there earlier this year.

GeoNet recorded this morning's quake as being centred 10km east Eketahuna.

The 4.9 ''moderate'' quake at 7.46am was 32km deep. By this afternoon, nearly 2500 people, mostly from Taranaki to Wellington to southern Hawke's Bay, had reported feeling it. 

On January 20 this year, a 6.2 quake was centred 15km east of Eketahuna.

EQC national operations manager Barry Searle today said it received more than 5000 claims from the quake, for which ''the bulk'' of the assessments were done.

More than two-thirds of those were for damage to buildings.

Temporary bases set up to take claims in Palmerston North and Lower Hutt had been closed, and settlements were now being processed through EQC's Hamilton office.

Of the more than 5000 claims, more than 1000 had been settled so far, costing $3.68 million, Searle said.

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- The Dominion Post


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