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Earthquakes killed at least two in New Zealand

Earthquakes killed at least two in New ZealandA series of powerful tremors struck New Zealand's South Island Monday claiming lives of at least two people, CNN.

Officials reported earthquakes invoked a tsunami and sent aftershocks across the country.

According to the US Geological Survey, the first event, a 7.8-magnitude quake, struck just after midnight Monday near the coastal community of Kaikoura, some 93 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of the city of Christchurch,.

It triggered waves of 2.49 meters (8 feet) above usual tide levels, the highest he has seen in his 38 years in New Zealand, Philip Duncan of Weather Watch New Zealand said.

An initial tsunami warning was lifted but temblors continued Monday afternoon. A 6.2-magnitude quake struck around 1:30 p.m. 39 kilometers west-southwest of Kaikoura, further north of Christchurch.
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