Further shakes felt across the Eastern Bay

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About two dozen earthquakes have been recorded in the Whakatane area last night and this morning.

Most are minor but several have been felt as a sharp jolt.

GNS Science has received hundreds of felt reports from Eastern Bay residents.

There were about five quakes between 9.15 and 9.45 last night, and then a batch of about 20 from 8.13 this morning onwards.

GNS Science duty seismologist Lara Bland says they can be correctly be termed a swarm.

Lara says there's no suggestion of anything more serious, but GNS is monitoring the situation closely.

Sam Gardner