There were two deaths, in Kaikōura and Mount Lyford.  From the hypocentre, ruptures ripped northwards at a speed of 2 km per second, over a distance of up to 200 km (124 mi). The 20-year-old told Mirror Online: “When it started it was really big so I thought it was going to be short but it kept going for a good few minutes and felt like the second floor was going to fall down. New Zealand’s Newshub website reported that a Christchurch family who fled their home returned hours later to find they had been been burgled. The largest amount of energy released did not occur at the epicentre, rather 100 km (62 mi) to the north near Seddon. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. [We’re] pretty shaken, pretty disgusted, disheartened.”. Others took to social media to show pictures and videos of their devastated homes. NIWA marine geologist Dr Philip Barnes said the length of the Kekerengu–Needles Fault rupture may extend for about 70 km (43 mi), consisting of 36 km (22 mi) on land and 34 km (21 mi) under the sea. , Several houses in the coastal suburb of New Brighton in Christchurch were looted after the occupants left because of tsunami risk.. St John rescue helicopters have been sent to Kaikoura, loaded with intensive-care medical equipment and extra paramedics to be able to treat patients on the ground, and a number of military helicopters have been sent from Christchurch to assess the damage, re-establish communication and deploy search and rescue teams. Worst hit was Kaikoura, a coastal town of about 2,000 people famous for whale watching, which had been almost completely isolated with roads closed and phone lines down. Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in the middle of the night on Monday to seek higher ground following a tsunami alert covering the entire east coast, although the warnings were later lifted.  Ruptures occurred on multiple faults and the earthquake has been described as the "most complex earthquake ever studied". “When you’re surrounded by quakes and aftershocks it’s hard not to think ‘is this Wellington’s big one?’ Especially as my wife and I have a toddler to care for.”. ”She said the tremor lasted around five minutes but it felt like forever". Hope everyone affected by it are safe!". The emergency number 111 was taken down for a short time after the quake struck. It was originally recorded as 7.4 on the Richter scale but has since been upgraded to 7.8 by the US Geological Service. It was a very significant shock. In Hamilton, Wayne Timmo woke to the kitchen blinds banging against the window and said the quake felt like a "long slow, rolling or almost rotating motion". "It's hard to believe that the bill is going to be less than a couple of billion," he told Radio New Zealand, according to their Twitter account. “But this was a different level. Anxiety was high in the capital because there are several fault lines under the city that have not moved for a long time, he said. , Two people died in the earthquake. , The earthquake started at about 15 kilometres (9 mi) north-east of Culverden and 60 kilometres (37 mi) south-west of the tourist town of Kaikōura and at a depth of approximately 15 kilometres (9 mi). Strong winds too. Smashed glass everywhere, but thankfully all good. Davis said she was surprised there appeared to be no damage to the house. The water level at the Kaikōura gauge rose 2.5 m higher than it would have been. The New Zealand Fire Service dispatched urban search and rescue teams to Wellington and Kaikōura. The state of emergency was cancelled just after dawn when the tsunami risk was downgraded. People living near a 200-mile stretch of coastline from Blenheim and Banks Peninsula have been warned to remain on higher ground. On 30 November 2016, the Inland Kaikoura Road, redesignated "Kaikoura Emergency Access Road", was reopened to civilian drivers holding a permit and for restricted times of the day. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Most roads were cleared within 24 hours, but SH 1 between Seddon and Cheviot via Kaikōura and the Inland Kaikoura Road remained closed.  It reopened unrestricted to all traffic on 19 December 2016. RMS designed the update to its New Zealand Earthquake High Definition (HD) model, released in September 2016, to enhance location-level damage assessment and improve the gross loss quantification with a … New Zealand lies in the seismically active “Ring of Fire”, a 40,000km arc of volcanoes and oceanic trenches that partly encircles the Pacific Ocean. Treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf yesterday said some of the $2b-$3b cost of the November 14 tremor would be covered by insurance or existing resources. He wrote: "Tsunami siren going off and can hear all the cars heading towards the hills.". Not much sleep happening though, kids with us. Sixteen rafters and six kayakers who went missing were later declared safe.  A woman died in a log house that was damaged at Mount Lyford. Simon Morton and his family were woken by the “super slow roller” quake just after midnight. Christchurch moved two centimetres to the south. Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's ruggedly beautiful South Island, is still recovering from the 2011 quake, which measured 6.3 magnitude and killed 185 people. • Have you been affected by the New Zealand earthquake? The quake sparked mass evacuations amid fears tsunami waves as high as five metres could hit New Zealand's east coast. During the next 15 minutes, the water level rose from its lowest level by about 4 m. That was followed by a series of waves over several hours. Morton and his wife, Jo, live in the seaside Wellington suburb of Lyall Bay – just seven to eight metres from the sea. She added: “I think it's one of those moments when you start thinking whether this is it?  The complex sequence of ruptures lasted for about two minutes. Morton made the immediate decision to evacuate his family to higher ground and packed the family in his truck and drove them to View Street, nearly 80m above sea level. Malborough’s Civil Defence force said a “large wall of water” was heading downstream.  In Lower Hutt, a cinema complex and part of the carpark in the Queensgate Shopping Centre was deemed unsafe and was demolished.  The New Zealand Defence Force also deployed HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Endeavour to support the operation.  Stranded tourists with health issues and travel plans were put on a flight priority list. The aftershocks were “like being on a big cruise ship in big seas, it’s a constant bump and roll,” he said. Just after midnight on 14 November, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island 55 miles north east of Christchurch.  A United States Navy P-3 Orion of VP-47 and two Kawasaki P-1s of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's Air Patrol Squadron 3, also visiting RNZAF Base Whenuapai for the RNZN 75th anniversary events, were deployed to assist. Key said a military helicopter was being dispatched to the coastal tourist town of Kaikoura. Up to 100,000 landslides amid aftershocks in New Zealand – as it happened, 'Welcome relief': pub near epicentre of New Zealand quake opens for victims, Kaikoura, the New Zealand tourist town cut off by 7.5 magnitude earthquake, Thousands stranded and towns cut off after New Zealand quakes – as it happened.  Several buildings were closed temporarily because of doubts about stairwells. “I know from the Christchurch earthquakes how much it undermines people’s confidence, but I want to reassure people that there will be support there. Got evacuated out of our apartment building. Heavy rain may result in flooding/slips. Heather said her flat did not suffer any damage, but her parents in Wellington were without power and had some belongings damaged as the earthquake shook their home. Elsewhere there have been reports of roads cracking up after the quake. I honestly thought it was going to last for 20 minutes or longer. , Immediately after the earthquake, the tide level at the Kaikōura tide gauge started dropping.  This is considered a world record for the greatest number of faults to rupture in a single earthquake event. Like the big earthquake that's going to put Christchurch back into the place it was five years ago?”. NZD $900 million Insurance Costs Shortly after midnight on 14 November 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand, 95 kilometres from Christchurch. The Wellington region had two thirds (65%) of the total losses, followed by the upper South Island at 25%, Canterbury at 8% and the remaining 2% from other North Island claims. “Initially I was not too concerned, then because of the duration we had concern that the quake would become stronger and it did. Fearing a tsunami, she spent the night in her car at the top of a nearby hill, feeling continual aftershocks.  HMCS Vancouver, HMAS Darwin and USS Sampson, in New Zealand waters for the RNZN's 75th birthday celebrations in Auckland, were redirected by their respective governments to assist. So far, the first waves have hit smaller islands off the east coast of New Zealand but they are expected to hit the country's larger islands. New Zealand battled severe storms and violent aftershocks as the country struggled to recover from a devastating earthquake that swallowed roads, twisted railway lines and left towns and cities smashed and deserted. Students received derived grades for any exams due to be taken the week of the earthquake. British chef Tim Owen, who is in Halswell, a satellite town of Christchurch, told Mirror Online: "We live about 25 minutes from the beach, it's not too far. It felt like swaying and like a wave. Photos from the New Zealand Defence Force showed an entire stretch of line that had slipped over a road and on to rocks by the sea. The sewage system was "severely damaged" and unusable.. Kaikōura moved to the northeast by nearly one metre, and rose seventy centimetres. The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake was a magnitude 7.8 (Mw) earthquake in the South Island of New Zealand that occurred two minutes after midnight on 14 November 2016 NZDT (11:02 on 13 November UTC). Morton and his family spent the rest of the night on the hill and were joined by around 100 vehicles packed with evacuees, many of whom has brought pets, coffee and food. The earthquake was felt as far away as Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Hamilton. After returning to her home, she spent “the day with no power, no phone, no reception, no water, and one hell of a mess to clean up inside.”.  The Wellington City Council was given special powers to require reports from building owners, and there were doubts about application of the rules. The aftershocks have felt like we're a ship at sea. Prime minister John Key was quoted as saying the damage bill from the earthquake was likely to be at least “a couple of billion dollars”.