New Zealand recovers after 7.1 quake

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New Zealand recovers after 7.1 quake

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A state of emergency has been declared in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, which has borne the brunt of damage from a major earthquake.

The 7.1 tremor struck in the early hours. So far, there are no reports of any deaths but two people have been injured.

It is not thought anyone is trapped in the rubble, but searches are being carried out nonetheless.

“We are making sure that people are getting the appropriate water supply because this is going to be an issue over the next 24 hours. We are looking to have alternative sources of supply, we will be giving advice on where those distribution points are.” said Civil Defence Minister, John Carter.

Tremors were felt across New Zealand’s North and South Island, but the area around Christchurch was worst hit.

Water will be brought in by tanker to the badly-affected areas. Aerial shots also show flooding in places where the sewer system has been damaged by the tremors.

The strength of the force exerted by the earthquake is clear from the damage to roads and footpaths. From above, distorted train tracks look more like the rails of a rollercoaster.

After the immediate emergency work, it is likely to take many months to recover from the estimated one billion euros worth of damage caused.