15 Nov 2016

Kaikoura will be cut off for some time

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:15 pm on 15 November 2016
Coastal Road to Kaikoura - slips on the road.

Coastal Road to Kaikoura - slips on the road. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Major landslides are blocking the roads in and out of Kaikoura, which is also without power and phone services.

The town was hard hit by a 7.5 magnitude quake, which struck near Hanmer Springs at 12.02am yesterday. It was 16km deep and has been followed by more than 800 aftershocks.

Dozens of helicopters, including four Defence Force NH90s, have been ferrying people and supplies in and out of the town today.

RNZ reporter, Tim Graham is there and has been talking to locals.

State Highway One near Oaro on the South Island's east coast.

State Highway One near Oaro on the South Island's east coast. Photo: AFP