A swarm of earthquakes has rocked the Wairoa area, on the
North Island's east coast, this afternoon.
A 3.2 magnitude tremor at a depth of 19 kilometres at 5.36pm
was followed within minutes by a 3.7 at 17 kilometres deep,
and two 4.1 magnitude shakes at 15kms depth.
The final three quakes had a Mercalli Intensity - the
strength of shaking felt at the earth's surface - of five,