New Zealand earthquake: 'aftershocks could continue for months,' says journalist

New Zealand earthquake: 'aftershocks could continue for months,' says journalist

A crack in the road after yesterday's quake

Monday, November 14, 2016

A New Zealand journalist has revealed that aftershocks from yesterday's earthquake could continue for "months, if not years."

The country was rocked by an earthquake that measured 7.5 on the Richter scale just after midnight New Zealand time.

The epicentre of the quake was recorded to be northeast of Christchurch - still recovering from the damage done by the 2011 quake -  near the town Kaikoura, which has now been cut off by landslides. A tsunami also struck the coast of the country in the hours that followed the quake. 

New Zealand continues to suffer strong aftershocks in the aftermath of the quake. Megan Whelan, a journalist at Radio New Zealand, said these could last for quite some time.

She told Paul Ross: "In the last 24 hours, we've had more than 30 quakes above a magnitude four and seven above a magnitude five. We've been told by scientists the aftershocks could continue for months, if not years.

"Some of the towns north of Christchurch around the epicentre of the quake have almost been cut off. There have been a lot of landslips and damage to bridges and roads, but there have been reports of flattened houses in these areas. 

"The Prime Minister, speaking to us earlier, said the damage could total up to 2 billion dollars. It's been a very shaky day."