New Zealand earthquake: evacuations as tsunami heads for east coast – live
Latest updates as tsunami alerts are issued and residents on east coast of South and North Islands are told to seek high ground immediately
Our reporter in #New Zealand, Eleanor Ainge Roy, says it may be a couple of hours until we get more details on casualties as roads to some of the worst hit areas are impassable.
Wellington City Council has asked workers based in the city centre to stay at home today “owing to potential damage to buildings and disruptions to public transport.”
Wellington Regional Civil Defence Controller Bruce Pepperell says early indications are that a number of major buildings are showing “signs of structural stress” and that the strong quake will likely have caused a mess and disruption inside some buildings – particularly on higher floors.