An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude has hit New Zealand’s South Island, hours after an initial quake killed two people, the BBC reports.
The new tremor struck at 13:45 local time (00:45 GMT) at a depth of 10km (6 miles), northeast of Christchurch.
A 7.5-magnitude quake, with the same depth, had hit the same area just after midnight, triggering tsunami warnings.
A large river dammed up by a landslide has now breached its banks sending a “large wall of water” downstream.
Residents around the Clarence River – one of the largest on South Island – were being urged to move immediately to higher ground.