Quake Swarms Reported Around New Zealand’s Super Volcano Taupo

A series of small earthquakes have been reported near the Taupō super volcano in New Zealand. 

At least nine earthquakes occurred early morning on Wednesday within five kilometers of Taupō, ranging from under 2.0 to 2.9 in magnitude. 

According to the USGS, three quakes were reported on Thursday ranging from 4.2 to 5.1. 

Nearby residents reported that they felt their homes shaking and saw furniture moving.  

Motuoapa resident Matt West said that his tv and the walls of his home started moving around during one of the quakes. 

“And that was only a 4.8, imagine if we get a bigger one,” said West. 

There are no reported injuries and deaths while most properties remained undamaged. 

Local authorities have not yet announced evacuations and no findings have attributed the quake swarms to potential volcanic activity.

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