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• GNS Science has revised the magnitude of the large earthquake that struck at 12:02am on Monday from a 7.5 to a 7.8, Acting Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
• Police are not requiring people travelling around the Seddon area to produce photo identification. The Marlborough District Council originally said patrols would be checking people's I.D to avoid repair crews any extra disruption. But the Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has spoken to the police and now says that's not the case.
• More than 400 people have so far been evacuated from Kaikoura by air and water. 150 people left on the HMNZS Canterbury this morning. NH90 helicopters have taken another 60 people out so far today. The Defence Force is hoping it can get everyone who wants to leave out by the end of the day.
"A local state of emergency was declared in Canterbury yesterday afternoon. We are providing the Canterbury Civil Defence and Emergency Management group with support and assistance, to respond to community needs, get essential supplies to people who need them most and to ensure that visitors impacted by the earthquakes are safe and being cared for," she said.
New Zealand Defence Force evacuated about 200 people yesterday and helicopter evacuations were expected to resume evacuating people this morning. Inward flights are bringing in supplies.
HMNZS Wellington surveyed the harbour at Kaikoura this morning to find a suitable area for the HMNZS Canterbury to begin evacuating people. HMNZS Te Kaha and USS Sampson are also en-route to provide support.
About 50 per cent of Kaikoura has access to the town's water supply, which should be restored to 75 per cent by mid-morning. Door-to-door welfare checks were continuing in both Marlborough, Hurunui and Kaikoura.