Earthquake damage to State Highway 1 is seen south of Kaikoura on Nov. 16, 2016. / AFP / Marty MELVILLE
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A convoy of 27 military trucks reached the quake-stricken New Zealand town of Kaikoura Friday, five days after the seaside community was completely cut off by huge landslides caused by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed two peopleMore than 1,000 tourists and residents were evacuated from the small fishing town, a popular whale-watching base on New Zealand's ruggedly beautiful South Island.The note compared this week's tremor with the 2011 quake in Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, that killed almost 200 people and required a NZ$40 billion rebuild.Prime Minister John Key said earlier this week the damage bill would be about NZ$2 billion ($1.40 billion), although he cautioned that was only an early estimate.
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