28 Aug 2014

Cluster of quakes near White Island

2:08 pm on 28 August 2014

A series of earthquakes have been detected near White Island in the Bay of Plenty this morning.

White Island.

White Island. Photo: PHOTO NZ

GNS Science says five earthquakes were recorded since 9.30am within five kilometres of the volcanic island.

The largest had a magnitude of 3.3 and all were at a depth of less than 10 kilometres.

GNS says earthquake sequences are relatively frequent near White Island and the levels of volcanic gases have not changed.

White Island remains in a state of volcanic unrest, with the alert level at one and the aviation colour code on green.