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KiwiRail suspended services on Monday after New Zealand was hit by a powerful earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks, with the operator warning customers there could be “extensive damage” to parts of the rail network.
KiwiRail advised rail services were back up and running between Christchurch and Invercargill after the network-wide closure, but said passenger train services the TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific in the South Island are not running.
“The Northern Explorer is currently running only to Palmerston North and the Capital Connection is not running while the lines are inspected,” KiwiRail said.
“An inspection of the North Island Main Truck Line (NIMT) is underway but has been impeded by strong aftershocks.
“A train has stopped near Kaikoura, as is procedure when an earthquake hits. The driver is safe and the train will remain stationary for the time being.”
New Zealand prime minister John Key announced two people had so far been confirmed dad after the massive earthquake hit the country, about 90 kilometres north-east of Christchurch, overnight on Sunday.
In its initial update after the quake, KiwiRail shut all lines and said there could be major damage to parts of the network.
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