Destruction caused by New Zealand earthquake captured on camera (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
A number of videos and photos have been shared online showing the damage caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck northeast of Christchurch, New Zealand.
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The city of Christchurch - still recovering from a 2011 earthquake which destroyed many parts of the area and killed 185 - continues to be on high alert, with warnings of potential tsunamis issued.
#eqnzpic.twitter.com/wxAr9hbpFi— Ayman (@aymanalsefri) November 13, 2016
Twitter users posted photos of the destruction caused, showing the damage done to homes, businesses and a number of roads.
#BREAKING An image of State Highway 1 heading into Cheviot https://t.co/QYGsNyBSQxpic.twitter.com/5Azfua58f9— nzherald (@nzherald) November 13, 2016
Not my photo but this is Wellington #eqnzpic.twitter.com/tDwDiTNaB8— lucy (@itsllucy) November 13, 2016
#eqnz Chimney has fallen into Fiji High Commission in Wellington: pic.twitter.com/irLyIFoBbN— Newshub Politics (@NewshubPolitics) November 13, 2016
Cheers for the concern all, everyone's ok. Here's the kitchen... #eqnzpic.twitter.com/moGd0zTaKj— Richard Bicknell (@dickbicknell) November 13, 2016
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management warned residents on the east coast of the South Island to evacuate to higher ground.
In Wellington, damaged shop fronts can be seen with blocks and shattered glass covering sidewalks.
Damage to the buildings on Wakefield Street, Wellington. #eqnz@NZStuffpic.twitter.com/AuFTmtLDsr— Nick Kingstone (@nkpnz) November 13, 2016
Another building - #ANZ Tory Street #Wellington#eqnzpic.twitter.com/w67U3cqGcR— Rajat Goyal (@itsrajatgoyal) November 13, 2016
A number of videos have surfaced which were filmed while the powerful quake hit, with rooms seen shaking while residents try to remain calm.
Post quake in Wellington! #eqnz#earthquakenewzealandpic.twitter.com/ju5jlIIgss— Jess Timings (@JFrancisTobyT) November 13, 2016
Alysa Jane, a student in Wellington, posted a video showing the destruction of her seventh floor apartment.
6.something magnitude #earthquake did it's damage 😭 I'm on the 7th floor! I'm rekt! pic.twitter.com/jjMy7FRo9K— Alysa Jane (@alysajaney) November 13, 2016
Pictures also show the damage caused inside a number of homes.
Photos show damaged walls, upturned shelves following magnitude-7.8 earthquake in New Zealand pic.twitter.com/NWNDQ37mkq— BreakinNewz (@BreakinNewz01) November 13, 2016
#eqnz blimey Wellington pic.twitter.com/l0AQRazD1U— Kate Camp (@Augengrau) November 13, 2016
Well this isn't what it looked like before #eqnz#wellingtonpic.twitter.com/wROGPAvPLk— Merrin (@merxplat) November 13, 2016
Photos of staff at supermarkets in the cities of Christchurch and Nelson show floors covered with numerous products, some of which have smashed, after being knocked off the shelves during the quake.
#Nelson#supermarket#eqnz@WeatherWatchNZpic.twitter.com/df7BEnfneK— Ali (@AliLeonardMC) November 13, 2016
Friend supermarket in #Nelson@WeatherWatchNZ#eqnzpic.twitter.com/tnCycx1f74— Ali (@AliLeonardMC) November 13, 2016
Following the earthquake, numerous people were either evacuated from the inside of buildings, or decided themselves to seek safety outdoors.
CURRENT SITUATION CHCH. WE HAVE EVACUATED. UP THE HILL. WATCHING MASS EXODUS OF THE EAST. #EQNZpic.twitter.com/JtBUMJnNfb— sofi ☁︎ (@sophiemiichelle) November 13, 2016
Hotels are evacuated in the earthquake zone in #NewZealand#eqnzpic.twitter.com/Ofw6JZDCvz— Mehmet Dikbayir (@dikbayir_en) November 13, 2016
Lots of people chilling on the terrace post quake. Strange vibe. #eqnzpic.twitter.com/J5ecniHVGb— Olly Clifton (@CliffhangerC) November 13, 2016