New Zealand suffered a massive earthquake on November 14, 2016, which struck at 12:02 am about 20 kilometers (14 miles) south-east of Hanmer Springs. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas.
For many, the powerful earthquake reminded many of the earthquake of February 2011. That quake devastated New Zealand’s second-largest city, Christchurch. Monday’s quake was not nearly as destructive as the 2011 quake, primarily because this quake, while stronger, was much deeper. Monday’s quake had a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale, it struck 23 kilometers (approximately 15 miles) below the earth’s surface. The 2011 quake was 6.3 in magnitude but had a depth of just 5 kilometers, about 3 miles. The shallower the depth of an earthquake, the more destruction it tends to cause.
Monday’s quake struck New Zealand’s South Island in a mostly rural area that’s dotted with small towns. The epicenter of the 2011 quake was just 10 kilometers (6 miles) southeast of Christchurch.
The number of casualties in Monday’s quake so far stands at two, while the 2011 earthquake killed 185 people, injured thousands and caused $25 billion in damage.
Since Monday’s quake, at least four aftershocks of magnitude 6.1 or higher have been recorded in the region.
Prime Minister John Key inspects earthquake damage north of Kaikoura from an RNZAF helicopter flying over the area.
An SUV is seen lying on it’s side Highway One north of Kaikoura.
Prime Minister John Key and Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee meets with stranded tourists and locals during their visit to Kaikoura.
A strong after-shock brings a huge slip tumbling down a Valley in the Kaikoura Range.
Earthquake damage on State Highway One north of Kaikoura.
Emergency services inspect a bridge crossing the Waiau River in Rotherham Road, 110 kms north of Christchurch, as damage and land slip cause infrastructure disruption.
The Waiau Lodge Hotel, in Waiau, 120 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage in the aftermath.
Toppled shipping containers lay on their sides in the centerpoint container terminal in Wellington.
Large cracks are seen on Highway 7 following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 near Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.