Amadeusz Juskowiak

Earthquakes continue in northern new zealand

Earthquakes and aftershocks are still shaking areas of northern New Zealand following yesterdays strong tremor which left 3000 people homeless

Four earthquakes measuring up to 45 on the Richter scale have hit the Bay of Plenty and Waikato region in the northeast since midnight yesterday 1200 GMT

No casualties have been reported and no further major damage civil defence sources said

A government seismologist said from Rotorua in the North Island some five tremors were being recorded every 10 minutes

The seismologist said if the pattern of other large earthquakes was followed the shocks would continue for one to several weeks declining in frequency and magnitude But the chance of a further large shock could not be ruled out