An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 has been recorded near Whakatane this evening.

The quake, 10km south of the town at a depth of 158km, was recorded at 6.16pm.

GeoNet lists it as a "weak" intensity quake.

It came a day after a small earthquake near White Island.

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A 2.3 quake was recorded 5km west of the island and 4km deep at 7.27pm yesterday.

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