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Lighthouses checked after earthquake

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/11/2016

The lighthouses in areas affected by the 7.8 magnitude quake continued to shine but some did switch to backup power.

Maritime NZ director, Keith Manch says the lighthouses are monitored remotely, and all continued to work during the earthquake on Monday and through all the aftershocks.

Four of the six affected lighthouses lost mains power but automatically switched to batteries. All are back on mains power.

Most lighthouses have now been visited by staff and all will have been by early next week.

"It has been fantastic to see messages of thanks from seafarers and recreational boaties who have seen the lights continuing to shine," says Mr Manch.

Summary of lighthouses:

* Point Gibson (Cheviot), switched to batteries, back on mains, site still to be visually inspected

* Point Kean (Kaikoura), switched to batteries, back on mains, visually checked

* Cape Campbell (Seddon), switched to batteries, back on mains, site still be visually inspected

* Baring Head, Wellington, switched to batteries, back on mains, checked, no damage

* Cape Palliser, Wairarapa, continued on mains power, checked, no damage

* Castle Point, Wairarapa, continued on mains power, checked, no damage.

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