Hundreds of aftershocks rattle New Zealand after 7.8 earthquake

New Zealand has been hit by hundreds of strong aftershocks since a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of Monday.

The initial quake damaged roads and buildings, and sparked a tsunami warning which sent thousands of people fleeing to higher ground.

It was originally measured at a magnitude of 7.5 and killed two people, including one of a heart attack.

As dawn broke on Monday, emergency teams flew helicopters to the areas thought to be worst-affected by the quake, which had
its epicentre about 57 miles northeast of Christchurch in the country’s South Island.

A military helicopter and surveillance aircraft were sent to the small coastal town of Kaikoura, which was left inaccessible by road.

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