Earthquake in Kaikoura
Posted Nov 15, 2016
We were staying there the night the 7.6+ quake hit. We were in a well equipped studio apartment. The dishes and glasses were sitting on open shelves and were flung across the room and exploded like fire works during the quake. The building is concrete so suffered a good deal of structural damage and I imagine won't be opening again any time soon. Which is probably for the best considering that all roads are closed going in and out of town. The tunnels collapsed on the highway and there is no timeline for repairs. The staff did an awesome job of accounting for all people and then evacuated them to higher ground as per the tsunami warning. We spent the rest of our trip In a farmers field with no camping gear waiting for the military to evacuate us on ships. We ended up having to charter a private 3 seater plane to get us out of there. At the time we left there was still no power, no water, no cell service and no grocery stores or gasoline stations were open.