Published on : Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The magnitude 7.8 earthquake on 14th November in New Zealand’s South Island was followed by almost 313 aftershocks that gave birth to almost 80,000 to 100,000 landslides from 6 am to 6 pm local time on Tuesday, 15th November. According to Geonet, in the span of 12 hours, the entire region near the coastal town of Kaikoura in South Island witnessed around 1,212 aftershocks.
The numerous aftershocks and the landslides trapped hundreds of travellers and citizens in the quake affected areas of New Zealand. In Kaikoura, on the north of Christchurch, four rescue helicopters managed to airlift over 130 trapped people as there was no road access in the area. Local authorities informed that it would take almost four days to rescue the trapped travellers and citizens. In the meanwhile, the NZHMS Canterbury would send emergency supplies to the trapped people and they would also keep evacuating them.
Emergency officials had to evacuate several people from numerous buildings in central Wellington, including the Red Cross headquarters.
The initial tremors were later accompanied by torrential downpour and strong winds, which flooded the roads of the capital city and as a result, people were forced to evacuate their residents.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand informed that he received a missed call from the US President Donald Trump while he was busy dealing with the after-effects of the tremors.
The rescue officials advised the trapped travellers and residents to conserve their food and water supplies as it might take a while for the rescue team to reach them.