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Hundreds of survivors stranded by a huge earthquake that struck central New Zealand three days ago reached Christchurch by a naval ship early on Thursday, as engineers in the capital Wellington assessed the state of dozens of damaged buildings.Air Force NH90 helicopters joined a fleet of private helicopters which have ferried hundreds more people from the town to near Christchurch, 150 km (90 miles) south over the past two days.Two people were killed and dozens injured by the magnitude 7.8 quake -- two nearly simultaneous tremors which ruptured faultlines across the top of the South Island.The quake rocked much of the country, stirring memories of the 6.3 magnitude Christchurch tremor that killed almost 200 people in 2011 .
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