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Update: New Zealand quake caused damages in billions of dollars – PM John Key

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Published: 06:06 GMT, Nov 14, 2016 |
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0New Zealand Prime Minister John Key surveyed the areas damage caused by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake by helicopter, and said it is in the billions of dollars to resolve.

The quake struck just after midnight on Monday, its epicentre striking about 90 kilometres north-east of Christchurch in the South Island, leaving a trail of destruction and killing two people.

 Mr Key said of the likely damage bill: “You’ve got to believe it’s in the billions of dollars to resolve.”

“It’s just utter devastation … That’s months of work,” Mr Key told acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee as they hovered above the damage. “It’s just utter devastation … That’s months of work,” Mr Key told acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee as they hovered above the damage.

A second earthquake, initially measured as magnitude 6.8 but revised down to 6.2, struck hours afterward but there were no reports of deaths or injuries.

New Zealand’s Civil Defence declared a state of emergency for the Kaikoura region soon after the large aftershock.

Hundreds of aftershocks rattled the country where memories of the deadly 2011 Christchurch quake are still fresh.

New Zealand shocked with second quake after powerful hit that killed two

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 rattled New Zealand’s South Island on Monday (Nov 14), hours after a more powerful quake killed at least two people, damaged roads and buildings and sent thousands fleeing to higher ground.

Emergency response teams were flying by helicopter to the region at the epicentre of the original 7.8 magnitude quake, which struck just after midnight some 91 km (57 miles) northeast of Christchurch in the South Island, amid reports of injuries and collapsed buildings.

New Zealand’s Civil Defence declared a state of emergency for the South Island’s Kaikoura region, centred on a tourist town about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Christchurch, soon after Monday’s large aftershock.

Kaikoura, a popular spot for whale watching, appeared to have borne the brunt of the quake.

“Caravan started shaking, woke up with a big fright, you know,’ what’s going on’? Look outside, see the cars moving around, the caravans moving,” said one man.

“Yeah, it was hard. Sorry. I was in the Christchurch one’s and it’s just bought it all back,” added a resident who struggled to hold back tears.

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