There has been a big earthquake, very shallow and close to Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island. Watching television reports the damage displayed is horrific. State highway 1 has suffered extensive damage, cutting off the main route south. The seabed has been pushed up metres, farms are damaged. Many slips, rivers and streams blocked. Its total chaos. Towns and rural people are completely isolated. This will no doubt take a while to sort out.
Nov 14 2016