2 Dead in series of Powerful earthquakes in New Zealand

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New Zealand, 14 Nov: At least two people dead and a heavy loss of  property was recorded in many areas of New Zealand after series of powerful earthquakes jolted the Country.

A major aftershock measuring 7.8 on Richter scale struck in the quake-prone South Pacific nation, jolted the country just after midnight near the South Island seaside tourist town of Kaikoura.

Forecasters also warned that the wild weather could disrupt the rescue works.earthquake-wefornewsThe tremor was one of the most powerful ever recorded in the quake-prone South Pacific nation.

It also triggered a tsunami alert that forced thousands of people to evacuate to higher ground across large parts of the country’s rugged coastline before the threat abated.new zealand-wefornewsThe earthquake struck at 12:02am Monday (1102 GMT Sunday) and was 23 kilometres deep, the US Geological Survey said, putting the epicenter 91 km (57 miles) northeast of Christchurch in the South Island.

Five years ago, a deadly Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude devastated the Christchurch area and killed 185 people.

 Wefornews Bureau

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