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‘Like living on a waking dragon’: New Zealanders count cost of earthquake | World news | The Guardian

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Eyewitness accounts emerge as strong aftershocks and severe weather hamper efforts to reach stranded communities

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.

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. Across the country, two people have been declared dead.

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”.

“It’s hard to believe that the bill is going to be less than a couple of billion,” he said.

The Red Cross flagged a huge humanitarian challenge in the South Island, saying its volunteers were struggling to reach affected regions.

New Zealand earthquakes, minute by minute
Early Monday morning, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand’s South Island. This animation shows all earthquake events with a magnitude of 4 and over recorded by GeoNet in the 12 hours since midnight
Magnitude:

4 – 5
5 – 6
6 – 7
7 – 8
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WaitakereTakapunaWhakataneNew PlymouthWestportOamaruPalmerston NorthWanganuiHastingsGisborneRotoruaTaupoTaurangaTimaruNelsonWhangareiQueenstownInvercargillNapierManukauHamiltonBlenheimDunedinWellingtonChristchurchAuckland

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