Update - Magnitude 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand

Authorities have upgraded the earthquake to a 7.8 magnitude. The Ministry of Civil Defence has issued a tsunami warning.

The bridge on Hapuku Rd in Kaikoura Flat is closed due to damage. No serious damage has been reported in Christchurch yet. There are unconfirmed reports of collapsed houses and bridges in some areas. Expect moderate to very powerful aftershocks.

Advice For Travellers

Do not go near the shore. Listen to local media and follow instructions of emergency services. Stay away from at-risk areas until there is an official all-clear signal

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