Two big quakes strike near Opunake


Taranaki was rocked by two large earthquakes in the early hours of New Year's Day.


The first was a magnitude 5.0, which hit at 3.11am this morning, at a depth of five kilometres.


Geonet reported that it occured 30 km north-west of Opunake


The second struck half an hour later, with a 4.3-magnitude shake hitting at 3.42am.


The second quake was centred 25 kilometres north-west of Opunake at a depth of six kilometres.


Local residents were woken by the shakes, which lasted about 20 seconds.


There have been a number of smaller aftershocks throughout the morning in the area.

- Stratford Press

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