Category: Natural Disasters

New Zealand earthquake: 100,000 landslides amid aftershocks

Strong aftershocks have rocked New Zealand following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed two people. The South Island has seen hundreds of tremors, including a 6.3-magnitude quake, after the initial one struck after midnight on Monday. The epicentre is northeast of Christchurch, near the town of Kaikoura which has been cut off by landslides. There are believed to be up to 1,000 tourists stranded in the town. Military helicopters and a navy ship are being sent to evacuate them and others from Kaikoura. The aftershocks have left some communities without power and water, although authorities are slowly restoring supplies. Prime...

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New Zealand: 7.8-magnitude quake rocks south, triggers tsunami

A powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake has jolted New Zealand’s South Island and triggered a tsunami, sending people running into the streets in a panic. The quake struck some 93 kilometers (55 miles)northeast of the city of Christchurch just after midnight local time on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported. It triggered waves of 2.49 meters above usual tide levels, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said. “This is the highest tsunami wave (that) New Zealand has seen in at least 38 years,” said Philip Duncan of Weather Watch New Zealand. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the tsunami...

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