A powerful magnitude 7.8-magnitude earthquake has rocked New Zealand, prompting a tsunami warning and knocking out power and phone services in many parts of the country.
The US Geological Survey said the shallow temblor hit 90km from the South Island city of Christchurch, which was devastated five years ago by a 6.3 tremor.
Civil Defence organisation, which is in charge of New Zealand's emergency management,Â said it was too early to assess the damage or whether there had been any injuries or deaths. "The whole house rolled like a serpent and some things smashed, the power went out," a woman who gave her name as Elizabeth told Radio New Zealand from her home in Takaka, near the top of South Island.
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