As New Zealand wakes up to reports of the series of earthquakes to have shaken the country overnight the rest of the world is also coming to grips with the news.
International media including the UK's BBC, ABC News, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Sky News Australia are just some of the news outlets posting comprehensive coverage of the effected areas.
Social media reacts
Social media has been flooded with reactions from residents of the effected areas impacted by the quake as well as others wishing for the safety of New Zealanders.
A Nelson shop owner posted his security footage of bottles of wine smashing as the earthquake rocks the shelves with others posting images of the carnage the quake has left behind.
Support for Kiwis
Support for Kiwis is beginning to pour in from around the world as well as some familar faces back home. Kim Dotcom and the All Blacks.
British actor Richard Armitage who starred in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is also among those who have sent well wishes for the people of New Zealand.