An emergency worker patrols a road cordon in Wellington, New Zealand Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, after officials determined a nine-story office building, center, is in danger of collapsing following a powerful earthquake. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
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New Zealand emergency services and defense personnel evacuated hundreds of tourists and residents from a small South Island town amid more strong aftershocks Tuesday, a day after a powerful earthquake killed two people.As aftershocks continued to rattle the region, emergency services cordoned off streets in Wellington and evacuated several buildings due to fears one of them might collapse.The town of Kaikoura, a popular base for whale-watching about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Christchurch, the South Island's main city, remained cut off by massive landslips.Four defense force helicopters flew in to the town Tuesday morning and two Navy vessels were heading to the area carrying supplies and to assist with the evacuation, Air Commander Darryn Webb, acting commander of New Zealand joint forces, told TVNZ.Around 400 of the 1,200 tourists stranded in the town were flown out Tuesday, including 12 people with a variety of injuries, officials said.A 5.4 tremor was among the bigger aftershocks and was felt strongly in Wellington.Christchurch is still recovering from a 6.3 magnitude quake in 2011 that killed 185 people.
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