Another major earthquake has caused “utter devastation” in New Zealand

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“Here we go again” was possibly the first reaction of many New Zealanders when the top of the country’s South Island was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake just after midnight (local time) in the early hours of Nov. 14. The human toll—two, at time of writing—paled in comparison to the 185 who died in the earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-largest city, in February 2011. But there was still, said prime minister John Key, “utter devastation,” including smashed highways and railway lines, and significant damage to towns. Kaikoura (population 3,740), famed more for whale-watching tourism than seismic events, was cut off.

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