Powerful quake hits New Zealand's South Island, two dead

The Waiau Lodge Hotel, in Waiau, 120 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage in the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Waiau, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. Getty Images

A powerful earthquake rocked New Zealand on Monday, triggering landslides and a small tsunami. It cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly quake had struck the same region. Getty images

The Waiau Lodge Hotel, in Waiau, 120 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage in the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Waiau, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. Getty Images

The quake of magnitude 7.8, caused damage in Waiau in Canterbury (above: Waiau Lodge Hotel). It was also strongly felt in Wellington, the capital and in the city of Christchurch. Residents said the shaking went on for about three minutes. Getty images

Local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by an earthquake along State Highway One near the town of Ward, south of Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island, November 14, 2016. REUTERS

Near the epicenter, it opened up snaking fissures in roads. New Zealand, being on the boundary of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, which form part of the so-called "Ring of Fire", experiences up to 15,000 tremors a year. Reuters

The Waiau Lodge Hotel, in Waiau, 120 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage in the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Waiau, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. Getty Images

The quake also forced hundreds of tourists onto the streets as hotels were evacuated. According to the police, it temporarily knocked out New Zealand's emergency call number, 111, too. Getty images

The Waiau Lodge Hotel, in Waiau, 120 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage in the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Waiau, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. Getty Images

For residents living through the tremor, particularly those who survived the Christchurch disaster, it was a terrifying experience. In Wellington, it collapsed a ferry loading ramp, broke windows and caused items to fall from shelves. Getty images

A railway line is damaged by an earthquake, near Tirohanga stream south of Blenheim on the South Island of New Zealand, November 14, 2016. REUTERS

A railway line was damaged by an earthquake, near Tirohanga stream on the South Island. Conditions still remained treacherous on late Monday with officials urging evacuations after debris blocked the Clarence River, and then shifted to release a "wall of water" downstream. Reuters

A supermarket in Waiau, 120 kms north of Christchurch, shows damage in the aftermath of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Waiau, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. Getty Images

Although, few casualties were reported, unlike the previous quake, as Monday's disaster was deeper and of a lower frequency. This saw the energy released more slowly over a longer period, as it travelled in a "rolling" motion along the fault line. Getty images

Amora Hotel guests gather in a carpark after an earthquake on November 14, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. Getty Images

The earthquake that struck South Island after midnight, left rescuers scrambling to reach Kaikoura, which had no telecommunications and was isolated by landslips. Forecasters predicted wild weather, including strong winds, overnight, hampering rescue efforts. Getty images