Two light earthquakes rattle East Coast on Christmas day

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Two light earthquakes have rattled the East Coast of the North Island this morning.

A magnitigue 4 earthquake struck 5 km west of Te Araroa just before 6am on 25 December, 2021.

A magnitigue 4 earthquake struck 5 km west of Te Araroa just before 6am on 25 December, 2021. Photo: GeoNet

At 5.03am, GeoNet recorded a magnitude 3.5 quake, 5km north-east of Ruatoria, at 16 kilometres deep.

Geonet said it was followed by a magnitude 4 jolt shortly at 5.57am, at 30km deep, and 5km west of Te Araroa.

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