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Lake Taupo earthquakes cause little damage

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New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission (EQC) is calling for members of the public to contact them if their property has been damaged by the Turangi earthquakes.

Two 5.2 and 4.5 magnitude earthquakes hit the North Island last week, centred under the bed of Lake Taupo, in the centre of the North Island. More than 4000 people registered feeling the earthquake.

The quakes are most likely part of the Lake Taupo earthquake swarm that has been followed since July.

EQC Deputy Chief Executive, Readiness and Recovery Renee Walker says the EQC has only received six claims so far, and it seems as though the earthquakes had a low impact. Both earthquakes struck at the shallow depth of 5km.

The EQC increased its cover for residential buildings from $NZ100,000 ($93,797) to $NZ150,000 ($140,696) in July, and no longer offers contents cover. Affected residents can lodge claims up to two years after a disaster.