Tsunami strikes New Zealand after strong earthquake

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The country's central was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Central New Zealand was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on just after midnight (local time) causing a vast damage and a tsunami, according to US Geological Survey.

Thousands of people along the east coast of New Zealand fled their homes and went to a higher ground as authorities warned of destructive waves up to five meters.

"The first waves have arrived but we know that it is too early to say what the impact has been," said Sarah Stuart-Black, national controller at the Ministry of Civil Defence. "Our concern is what is coming. Future waves are coming may be bigger than what has come before."

"We are starting to get reports of injuries from the earthquake area, including Culverden area and Kaikoura," Dion Rosario, St John Incident Controller, said in a statement. "However, at this stage we do not have specifics."

Pictures and videos were uploaded by New Zealand netizens, showing the horrifying calamities.
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