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Magnitude 5.1 quake shakes East Coast

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/09/2016

© Getty Images A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has been recorded on the East Coast.

The quake struck just before 6pm on Friday and its centre was 65km east of Te Araroa at a depth of 22km, Geonet says.

There were 76 felt reports but most rated the quake as weak.

Geonet tweeted it caused light shaking.

Earlier this month a 7.1-magnitude quake in the area caused a 30cm tsunami and had people heading for high ground.

Seismologists say the area can expect sizeable aftershocks for up to two years after such an event.

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