The main after-shocks and quakes went on for two and a half more hours after the big quake. And little trembles are still going on. As I'm typing this I've felt two tremors. The country got a tsunami warning as well.
I could hear the tsunami sirens blaring right across Wellington Harbour warning people living near water to get to higher land. In the end, the tsunami was about 3 metres high.
The centre of the biggest quake was just after midnight and centred around Kaikoura in the South Island. I've never known quakes to be all over New Zealand. Usually it's just one region. Geonet New Zealand (our earthquake people) have listed hundreds of little quakes and after-shocks since midnight. Lots of highways through both islands are blocked off. Some towns are impossible to get into. Landslides, road slips. Wellington CBD all but closed today while buildings are being checked for damage. No trains, no buses, no schools open. First day of graduate exams cancelled. The inter-island ferries could not get into their respective wharves (Wellington, Picton) because of damage, and the boats are sitting in their respective harbours.
No damage at my place, thank heavens. Lots of things falling.