An out of control bushfire is currently burning in the Nelson-Tasman region of New Zealand's South Island. The fast-moving fire started in Pigeon Valley (18.6 mi/30km south of Nelson) on February 5th and has doubled in size overnight, burning 7.22 sq. mi (18.7 sq.km) with a perimeter of 12.4 miles (20km). Over 170 homes have been evacuated as ground crews and water bombing aircraft fight to get the blaze under control. There are road closures in place.
A state of emergency has been declared by the Tasman and Nelson district mayors. Authorities have ordered people to evacuate if they feel unsafe and if located in the immediate fire zone to make sure they have access to radio and other media for further updates.
If you are traveling in the affected region, check with authorities for more information, follow any official warnings and listen to local news reports to monitor the situation. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities will result in you not being covered by travel insurance.
Just a week after a severe earthquake struck near Christchurch another strong tremor has been detected off the lower part of the North Island.
The quake measured at magnitude 6.3 hit off the coast of Palmerston North.
Check local media for updates on the quake and reports of the extent of damage.
The north-east of New Zealand’s South island has been struck by a series of earthquakes, the largest measuring magnitude 7.5. At this time 2 people are confirmed dead.
The major quake struck just after midnight local time on November 14th, and has been followed by dozens of smaller tremors measuring up to 6.3 magnitude.
Travelers are warned that many roads in the area north of Christchurch are impassable due to upheaval or landslide. Local authorities are warning people to avoid all but essential travel to the area at this time. Ferry services to the South Island out of Wellington have been cancelled until further notice. Check with ferry operators and local media for updates.
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