Han­mer Springs, New Zealand

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Pow­er­ful earth­quake: A 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake, fol­lowed by thou­sands of pow­er­ful after­shocks, struck New Zealand on Mon­day. The epi­cen­tre of the quake, one of the strong­est ever recorded in New Zealand, was close to Han­mer Springs, 70 miles north of Christchurch, where 185 peo­ple were killed by a quake in 2011. This time, only two peo­ple were con­firmed dead. But with land­slides block­ing roads, hun­dreds of peo­ple had to be air­lifted out of the town of Kaik­oura, and across the rest of the coun­try build­ings col­lapsed or were badly dam­aged.

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