2 died after 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island (VIDEO)
]Two people have died after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island on Monday morning.
The US Geological Survey said the quake struck just after midnight local time, about 95 kilometres (59 miles) from the city of Christchurch.
The country’s prime minister John Key confirmed two people have died “as a result of” the natural disaster.
“Hopefully that will be the total count,” Key told Sky News on Monday.