New Zealand quake: Nearly 1 lakh landslides amid aftershocks
Strong aftershocks have rocked New Zealand following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday mignight and claimed two lives.
Geonet, the New Zealand earthquake monitor, estimated from reconnaissance flights that there may have been from 80,000 to 100,000 landslides during the aftershocks.
Much of the area affected by landslides is in the remote and rugged areas of the Inland and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and predicted more earthquakes to come in this area.
The South Island has seen hundreds of tremors, including a 6.3-magnitude quake, after the initial one struck around midnight on Monday.
There have been two confirmed deaths and more than 20 persons were injured in the natural disaster.
Over 1 lakh aftershocks had hit the region by early Tuesday morning, even as Kaikoura is still cut off from the rest of the country, with major landslides blocking the roads in and out.
All rail services in Wellington – already disrupted due to the weather – have now been cancelled.
Following the earthquake, there is extensive flooding due to breaching of rivers in parts of Wellington, the Hutt Valley and the Kapiti Coast, which is affecting transport networks.
Prime Minister John Key told a news daily that the US, Japan and Malaysia offered assistance but he was confident the country had the capacity to deal with the aftermath of the earthquakes itself.