Pow­er­ful earthquake strikes New Zealand, killing 2 peo­ple

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A pow­er­ful earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Is­land early Mon­day, killing at least two peo­ple, caus­ing dam­age to build­ings and in­fras­truc­ture, and prompt­ing emer­gency ser­vices to warn peo­ple along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves.

The mag­ni­tude-7.8 earthquake struck just after mid­night in a mostly ru­ral area that’s dot­ted with small towns. Near the epi­cen­ter, it opened up snaking fis­sures in roads and trig­gered land­slides.

It caused dam­age in Wellington, the cap­i­tal, more than 120 miles to the north and was also strongly felt in the city of Christchurch to the south. Res­i­dents said the shak­ing went on for about three min­utes, and was fol­lowed by a num­ber of strong af­ter­shocks.

Po­lice said one per­son died in the small coastal town of Kaik­oura and an­other in Mount Ly­ford, a nearby ski re­sort.

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