Buildings were damaged and emergency services warned people to move to higher ground as a powerful earthquake hit New Zealand’s South Island.
Early Monday, the magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck in a mostly rural area close to the city of Christchurch.
The quake is believed to have been stronger in the country’s capital of Wellington, around 200 kilometres from Christchurch.
A number of strong aftershocks followed the quake.
According to police, New Zealand’s emergency call number, 111, was out for approximately 10 minutes.
24-year-old Gin, a lifelong Christchurch resident, stated that the quake was less violent than the one that struck her city in 2011.
According to Gin, her house did not appear to have sustained any new damage from Monday’s quake.
New Zealand is situated in the “Ring of Fire,” where earthquakes are common.
(With files from Global News Staff and Kristen Gelineau/Associated Press)