For a fleeting few minutes, it appeared the East Coast of New Zealand had been rocked by a cluster of earthquakes. The GeoNet website recorded a 5.4 magnitude quake at 7.04pm, some 120km north of Te Araroa, wich was followed two minutes later by a 4.7 magnitude quake striking 55km southeast of Taupo. The first quake was reportedly 6km deep and

was felt as far away as Auckland and Wellington.Finally, another 3.3 magnitude quake hit 5km deep near Te Kaha at 7.22pm. But the so-called quakes were quickly deleted from the site and GeoNet tweeted that a 6.0 earthquake in the Kermadecs had caused “ghost quakes”. READ MORE