2 Sep 2016

East Coast still feeling aftershocks

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:08 pm on 2 September 2016

1:15 East Coast still feeling aftershocks

Aftershocks are still being felt on the East Coast, after a 7.1 earthquake hit off the East Cape this morning. The quake struck at 4.40am about 130km north-east of Te Araroa and was 55km deep.

Civil Defence has cancelled a level two tsunami threat warning. Gisborne residents can now return to their homes, after earlier being told to leave properties along the coastline.

Power has been restored to the 300 affected homes. Several schools in Gisborne will be closed for the day, despite the tsunami warning being lifted.

We get the latest on the seismic activity from Bill Fry, a GNS Seismologist.

A 7.1 earthquake has hit northeast of Gisborne, and residents have been urged to evacuate to higher ground.

A 7.1 earthquake has hit northeast of Gisborne, and residents have been urged to evacuate to higher ground. Photo: Geonet

Get the new RNZ app

for easy access to all your favourite programmes

Subscribe to Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Podcast (MP3) Oggcast (Vorbis)