New Zealand has been hit again by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Monday, 14 November, which caused massive infrastructure damages near the town of Kaikoura on the country’s South Island, just after a first powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the night of Monday.
A series of three powerful earthquakes on Monday in New Zealand, triggered a tsunami and sent more than 1,600 aftershocks across the country according to the police.
Thousands of tourists, blocked in the seaside resort in Kaikoura, were evacuated on Tuesday, 15 November. Helicopters intervened in the zone badly hit by the series of earthquakes that shook the country Monday and where two people died. The district counts about 2,000 inhabitants and 1,200 tourists according to the Prime Minister John Key.
A local state of emergency has been declared in the region of Canterbury, near the areas that are the hardest hit by the earthquake. Authorities urged people that live around the East coast to move to higher ground.
Repairs are now estimated by at least two billion dollars according to the Prime Minister.
Solenn Duplessy, IEJ 3F