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Aftershocks continue in South Island

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016

Aftershock are continuing to rattle New Zealand after the 7.5-magnitude earthquake led to two deaths and widespread damage.

One 5.6 aftershock at 7.45 pm on Monday was followed two minutes later by another that measured 5.8.

The first was situated 20km east of the Marlborough town of Seddon, while the second was 25km east of Kaikoura, which is already cut off to the north and the south.

They were among a host of aftershocks above 5, the highest so far being a 6.3 shake.

The initial earthquake struck just after midnight on Monday and was centred near Hanmer.

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