Taranaki hit by mag-4.6 quake

Taranaki has had a shaky start to the year with more than an earthquake a day, the latest at 6.35pm yesterday.

Geonet reports show it was a 4.6 magnitude quake at a depth of 11 kilometres, 20 km north-west of Opunake.

This follows a 2.4 magnitude earthquake of weak intensity 5km south-west of New Plymouth at a depth of 5km at 5.37am this morning.

Last night at 7.36pm a 3.7 magnitude shake hit the region at a depth of 9km.

The moderate intensity quake was situated 20 km north of Opunake - the site of many of this year's earthquakes.

Geonet shows since a 5.0 quake shook the region early on New Year's Day there have been 13 earthquakes recorded in Taranaki.

None of the quakes have surpassed the first one in terms of intensity or magnitude and almost all have been centred off the Opunake coast.

Taranaki Daily News