An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hit Kaikoura 2 minutes after midnight, and a rolling series of smaller quakes – but still sometimes strong – continued through the night.
Image above: Geonet’s map showing the quake centre.
GeoNet recorded the first quake 15km north-east of Culverden and at a depth of 15km.
Canterbury Quakes Live recorded 33 quakes within a 150km radius of central Christchurch – a small one at noon yesterday, and then the series starting at midnight.
A tsunami warning south of East Cape has been downgraded in the south of the South Island.
The Stuff website said 2 people were feared dead in Kaikoura.
Wellington has gone into closedown.
Attribution: Geonet, Canterbury Quake Live, TVNZ, Stuff.