Several people have been killed and injured in an earthquake that hit New Zealand over night that then caused a ripple effect of after shocks that impacted the majority of the country. A Tsunami has hot the south coast of the South Island and there are fears for the residents of Kaikoura, a popular tourist town, where there has been wide spread destruction,
Bridges and roads are closed, the capital city of Wellington has suffered significant damage and power remains out in towns across the nation. Evacuation centers have been inundated by citizens. The New Zealand Ministry of Education has ordered schools closed while the Prime Minister has released a statement updating the nation.
After shocks are continuing.
This is a major developing story
BREAKINGNEWS - State of emergency declared in Dunedin large scale evacuations under way by way of precaution as high tides approach
GEONET NEW ZEALAND NOW CONFIRMS THE EARTHQUAKE THAT STRUCK JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT WAS 7.5
BREAKING NEWS - TSUNAMI WARNING NOW ISSUED FOR THE BAY OF PLENTY OF NEW ZEALAND AND THE EAST COAST
Bay of Plenty Tsunami Warning issued for East Coast
Monday 14 Nov
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning for Eastern coast of North and South Island including the Chatham Islands. It may arrive in the lower Eastern Coast of the North Island shortly. Move inland or to higher ground immediately. The first wave activity may not be the most significant. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled. MCDEM is still assessing the threat and will provide more information within the next hour. Meanwhile, people in coastal areas should: 1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) 2. Stay off beaches and shore areas 3. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities
#picton: widespread damage is now being reported in Picton at the top of the South Island and also the transport hub between the South and North Island
Image: kay Lindsay / Picton
#newzealand BREAKING NEWS: Widespread damage is now being reported in Wellington and parts of the upper south island. A Tsunami has now hit the top of the east coast of the South Island according to reports. The turn off to Hamner Springs and State Highway Seven in the South Island has been cut. Police have now confirmed that the emergency phone number 111 has been restored.
THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS IN WELLINGTON HAVE BEEN EVACUATED IN THE CBD OF WELLINGTON AFTER REPORTS IF WIDE SPREAD DAMAGE ACROSS THE AREA.
Wellington's Wakefield Street Image: Nick Kingstone
New Zealand authorities have now issued a warning for the East Coast of the North Island
The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) has issued a tsunami warning for Eastern coast of North and South Island including the Chatham Islands. It may arrive in the Eastern Coast of the North Island shortly. Move inland or to higher ground immediately. A tsunami is possible. The first wave activity may not be the most significant. Tsunami activity will continue for several hours and the threat must be regarded as real until this warning is cancelled. MCDEM is still assessing the threat and will provide more information within the next hour. Meanwhile, people in coastal areas should: 1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) 2. Stay off beaches and shore areas 3. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities
BREAKING NEWS: Major damage is now being reported in the city of Wellington. The Bank of New Zealand building on the waterfront has been damaged with glass in the foyer and the doors open - the rail bridge that moves cargo to the cook strait ferry's has collapsed. Waterpipes have burst. People are reporting tides are lower than usual with reports that there is active tsunami of over two meters.
BREAKING - TSUNAMI WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL SOUTHERN COASTAL AREAS OF NEW ZEALAND
BREAKING NEWS - CIVIL DEFENCE HAVE WARNED ALL NEW ZEALANDERS ON THE EAST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND TO IMMEDIATELY MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND - THE TIDAL GAUGES IN KAIKOURA ARE SHOWING MAJOR CHANGES...
THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN ISSUED TO MEDIA AT 1.28AM
A tsunami is possible following the 5.6M earthquake 20km south-east of Seddon. People near the eastern coast of the south island should immediately move to high ground or inland as far as possible. Take your getaway kit with you if possible. Do not travel into the areas at risk to get your kit or belongings. Take your pets with you if you can do so safely. Move immediately to the nearest higher ground, or as far inland as you can. If evacuation maps are present, follow the routes shown. Walk or bike if possible and drive only if essential. If driving, keep going once you are well outside the evacuation zone to allow room for others behind you. If you cannot escape the tsunami, go to an upper storey of a sturdy building or climb onto a roof or up a tree, or grab a floating object and hang on until help arrives. Boats are usually safer in water deeper than 20 metres than if they are on the shore. Move boats out to sea only if there is time and it is safe to do so. Never go to the shore to watch for a tsunami. Stay away from at-risk areas until the official all-clear is given. Listen to your local radio stations as emergency management officials will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.
IMAGE: Civil Defence
Developing: New Zealands 111 emergency line is not working according to police reports
A large earthquake has just struck the Canterbury region of New Zealand and has measured 6.6 according to New Zealand GeoNet. The quake has been felt strongly in Wellington and the North Island wiht some reports coming in that there has been minor disruption to power. A caller to Radio New Zealand called Tracey has said that power is out as fsr as she can see it and across the port hills.
Aftershocks are being felt in Wellington as Radio New Zealand goes to air. Reports are being called in that glass is shattered across a street in Wellington with sirens and alarms going off.
Reports from GeoNet have now said that the earthquake was felt from the bottom of the south to the top of the north island. Damage is being reported around the epicenter but as yet there are now reports of death or injury. No Tsunami warning has been issued.
Power outages are being reported in places around the country. Napier, Lower Hutt and New Plymouth are reporting power outages.
Wellington: hundreds of people are in the streets. Glass is in the streets and a skywalk may be damaged at the James Cook Hotel with some minor damage in rooms. There appears to be damage in Willis street. A reporter from Radio New Zealand is currently on the streets of Wellington.
Christchurch: no reports of significant damage or injuries with power on and phones working. Hotels in the city have been evacuated waiting for the all clear to go back in.
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