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New Zealand Earthquake Kills 2, Leaves People, Cows Stranded

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In this image made from video, three cows are stranded on an island of grass in a paddock that had been ripped apart following an earthquake near Kaikoura, New Zealand on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. (Newshub via AP)

By    |   Monday, 14 Nov 2016 01:12 PM

New Zealand was rocked by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed two people just after midnight local time Monday, setting off a tsunami warning.

The earthquake's epicenter was 57 miles north-northwest of Christchurch, and it was followed by two more earthquakes. The second earthquake, measured at 6.2 magnitude, hit about 2:20 a.m. local time, while the third, a 5.8 magnitude tremor, happened about 7 a.m., according to The Mirror.

One death was reported in Kaikoura and one in Mount Lyford, stated the Mirror. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told reporters that authorities did not believe the death toll would rise, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"On the very best information we have at the moment, we think it's only likely to be two," Key said, according to ABC. "But of course there are isolated parts of the country which we don't have perfect eyes on, so we can't be 100 percent sure."

Marlborough Emergency reported on Twitter that a "slip dam" on the Clarence River, one of the largest on South Island, was breached sending a "wall of water" downstream.

The BBC News reported that military helicopters and a navy ship were sent to evacuate more than a thousand people at Kaikoura.

"It's understood the occupants of at least half a dozen campervans to the north of Kaikoura are due to be airlifted to the Ward Welfare Centre," a statement from the Marlborough District Council said, per ABC. "Those stranded to the south of the town will be airlifted further south."

Images of two cows and a calf stranded on a tiny patch of ground near Kaikoura were shared on social media.

"It was not immediately clear who owned the cattle or what was being done to help them," The Associated Press reported.

Key said, according to ABC, that that a tsunami warning had been downgraded to coastal warnings, but waves of nearly seven feet hit the coast shores.

"This earthquake was greater in magnitude than 2011's Christchurch tremor, but it didn't bring the same level of devastation," stated Hywel Griffith, writer with BBC News. "The cost of rebuilding will be huge – major parts of New Zealand's infrastructure have been twisted and snapped out of shape.

"But as is often the case when disaster strikes, New Zealand's people have pulled together, checked on their neighbors and offered each other a safe haven," Griffith continued.

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