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NZ quake: the details

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/11/2016

THE EARTHQUAKE

* 7.5 quake struck at 12.02am not far from Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury in the South Island

* Hundreds of aftershocks since, the biggest being a severe 6.3 near Cheviot

THE DAMAGE

* Two people have been confirmed dead - one person was trapped after the Elms Homestead building in Kaikoura collapsed and another died at Mount Lyford

* State of emergency declared in Kaikoura and Hurunui - with towns in the area cut off due to severe slips and damage to roads

* North Canterbury residents being urged to conserve water and treat all water from taps before use. Waterways may be contaminated with sewage

* Search and rescue teams sent to Kaikoura with the Prime Minister John Key expected to visit the area later in the day

* Power restored in Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs but 1200 homes still without power in Culverden and Cheviot

* Both Vodafone and Spark say parts of networks have been affected by power cuts

* Wellington and Lower Hutt commuters warned to avoid going into city with damage to buildings around the CBD and a severe weather warning for strong winds and rain issue for later in the day

TRANSPORT

* SH1 closed from Picton to Waipara

* SH7 closed from Waipara to Springs Junction

* Landslips and bridge damage cutting off Kaikoura

* KiwiRail main line services in the lower North island and entire South Island cancelled pending track checks

* MetLink suspends services on Wellington train network until inspection and Wellington Railway Station is closed to the public until further notice - no replacement buses running

* Ferry sailings cancelled until damage assessments at Picton and Wellington can be completed

THE TSUNAMI WARNINGS

* A tsunami warning issued for the east coast of the North Island, South Island and Chatham Island - it has been downgraded since to a marine and beach alert for the area from Wellington to Banks Peninsula

* Confirmation a tsunami was generated

* People in low lying eastern parts of NZ earlier told to move immediately inland or to higher ground

* Civil Defence says evacuees should check whether evacuation orders are still in place before going home

SCHOOLS

* Schools from North Canterbury to Wellington are being told to stay closed until they are checked for damage

* NZQA says NCEA exams will continue at unaffected schools. Students at closed schools to be given emergency derived grades. Scholarship exams are postponed

(Sources: Geonet, CDEM, NZTA, NZ Police, NZQA)

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