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LIVE: The aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude quake

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 18/11/2016

As the country continues to deal with the aftermath of Monday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake, join us live for rolling updates.

This morning, eight properties in quake-struck Kaikoura have been evacuated as bad weather prompts fears of new landslips.

A convoy of 27 Defence Force tracks carrying supplies is on its way to the town.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has defended decisions made in the wake of the earthquake.

Key facts:

-A 7.8 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 15km struck near Hanmer Springs at 12.02am on Monday. The quake was initially recorded as 7.5 but was revised by GNS Science.The likelihood of more severe aftershocks has increased as a result.

-There have been two confirmed deaths and more than 20 injuries. Thousands of aftershocks have been recorded.

-The inland road route into Kaikoura has been partially re-opened, and an army convoy carrying supplies is on its way to the cut-off town. Emergency services are aware of the risk of another earthquake and are "ready to go" in Wellington, Fire Service spokesperson Brendan Nally says.

-Ten buildings around Reading Cinema on Courtenay Place have been evacuated, with dozens of people affected. The carparking building at the centre of the scare is to be demolished.

-An official inquiry will take place into the performance of Statistics House, near the waterfront, which has structural damage. A 10-storey building at 61 Molesworth St will need to be demolished.

-The government has announced a relief package for businesses in and around Kaikoura.


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