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Aftershocks keep rocking East Cape

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/09/2016

Aftershocks of magnitudes of more than 5 continue to rock the East Cape following a 7.1 quake in the area.

A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck of the east coast of the North Island at 4.37am on Friday, generating a 30cm tsunami, and a magnitude-6.2 shake followed soon after.

On Sunday morning, strong tremors were still rattling the East Cape, with about a dozen aftershocks of magnitute 3 or greater striking overnight.

The largest was a 5.1 that hit at about 1.30, centred five kilometres north-west of Ruatoria at a depth of 35km.

Scientists at GNS Science say aftershocks will continue for weeks or months.

"It's early days. I wouldn't say it's over," duty seismologist Caroline Holden said.

GNS Scientists have said aftershocks from a 7.2 earthquake in 1995 continued for about two years.

The Earthquake Commission, which covers the first $100,000 of damage claims for homeowners with insurance, said it had received 48 claims by Friday afternoon but did not have a damage cost yet.

The 110-year-old homestead at Puketiti Station, inland from Te Puia Springs, lost its chimney in the quake, the Gisborne Herald reports.

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