23-Nov-2016 11:00 a.m. - Minal Gulabdas
More homes and infrastructure were damaged in a shallow aftershock of 5.7 centred 20km southeast of Culverden at 6:13pm last night. This was a rolling tremor which has caused considerable damage in the Hurunui district. It was felt as far afield as Invercargill and Auckland.
There have been several more aftershocks in the magnitude 4 to 4.6 overnight and this morning.
Aftershocks are ongoing as expected, every few minutes somewhere in the region, and sometimes a cluster in the space of a minute or two.
Civil Defence has once again closed the Inland Route from Kaikoura to Waiau this morning for re-assessment, although it is expected to be open again for Army convoys from early afternoon. All Courier services through GSS to and from Kaikoura remain suspended until further notice.
Lewis Pass SH7
Delays are being experienced into Nelson and Blenheim because of the congestion issues impacting SH7 through Lewis Pass. General warnings are in place for roads in the northern half of the South Islands, because of earthquake damage and flooding.
The Interislander rail ferry Aratere remains berthed in Wellington pending repair of the Wellington linkspan. No indication has been given as to when this ferry may be back in service on Cook Strait, or whether it will be temporarily re-routed to Lyttelton once the span is fixed.