New Zealand has begun the rescue operation of about 1,000 tourists and residents of Kaikoura after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the region on Sunday.
The county's defence force said it started to evacuate people by military helicopter from 9am local time.
They said a navy ship from Auckland is due to arrive in the area on Wednesday morning.
Kaikoura is a popular destination for travellers on whale-watching expeditions and is home to 2,000 residents.
However Sunday's earthquake cut water supplies and sewerage systems leaving the entire population stranded.
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