East Cape earthquake - Aftershocks continue

By Online News - Rereātea
  • North Island: East Coast

More than 100 aftershocks have rattled the East Coast of the North Island following this morning's 7.1 magnitude quake north-east of Te Araroa. 

The earthquake, described by Geonet as severe, struck soon after 4:30am. There have been no reports of damage.

Earlier this morning a tsunami warning was issued soon after 30cm surges were recorded on the gauge at East Cape. That warning has now been cancelled. 

Residents in coastal areas were urged to get to higher ground or move inland. Those living in Te Araroa adhered to the Civil Defence's advice and made their way to the top of Whetumatarau where many whānau gathered.

Radio Ngāti Porou continues to provide the iwi with hourly updates and have informed residents of school closures. Schools closed for today include Te Waka O Rerekohu Area School, Tolaga Bay Area School Waikirikiri School and Kaiti School in Gisborne. 
Staff spoke to whānau who were awoken by the quake and quickly drove to higher ground. 
In the Eastern Bay of Plenty, residents are being asked to boil their water as a result of the quake. The Whakatāne District Council posted a status to Facebook saying:
The strong quake was felt right across the country, including Auckland, Taranaki, Kāpiti and Wellington and Whangarei.