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New Zealand earthquake: Two people confirmed dead

Series of earthquakes in New Zealand leaves two people dead

Series of earthquakes occurred in New Zealand’s South Island on Monday 14th of November 2016. New Zealand has been traumatized especially when the first 7.8-magnitude quake, struck just after midnight Monday near the coastal community of Kaikoura, some 93 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of the city of Christchurch.

And another strong 6.8 magnitude aftershock hit near Cheviot in South Island. Then a new 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit near Hanmer Springs in the north of South Island, New Zealand at 12.02am. Several main roads and rail lines have been badly damaged and are impassable. And two people has already been confirmed dead.

A picture of people evacuated from buildings along Dixon Street, Wellington, after an earthquake struck around Cheviot
A picture of people evacuated from buildings along Dixon Street, Wellington, after an earthquake struck

An initial tsunami warning was lifted but temblors continued Monday afternoon. A 6.2-magnitude quake struck around 1:30 p.m. 39 kilometers west-southwest of Kaikoura and went further to north of Christchurch.

Residents in Wellington evacuated to one of the city's parks after the first earthquake struck after midnight.
Residents in Wellington evacuated to one of the city’s parks after the first earthquake struck after midnight.

“It’s hard to see how those roads, neither north nor south, will be opened very easily,” New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key said.

John Phillip Key (John Key) the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand
John Phillip Key (John Key) the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand

“In the short term what we’re trying to do is make sure that the people of Kaikoura and the likes have food, water, help and backup.

When John Key, the prime minister, toured the affected area he said the damage, which could cost the nation $2bn, was “horrendous”.

“I’d say it’s billions of dollars worth of money that we have to spend here but we’re focused on what we’re doing and we’ll keep up the good work.” he said.

“This is the strongest [earthquake] I’ve ever felt,” Tamara Hunt said. She was with her husband at their home in Whanganui when the earthquake struck.

Some local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by an earthquake along State Highway One near the town of Ward, south of Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island, November 14, 2016.
Some local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by an earthquake along State Highway One near the town of Ward, south of Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island, November 14, 2016.

“It started off so small, like the cat moving in the bed, but then it started building and I had to run to the door. Stuff in the house was falling over and the doors were swaying really bad,” she said.

“Then we decided to get out, and that’s when we saw our pool had lost a lot of water. The earthquake went on for two minutes.”

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